SNAME San Diego Section Hears Paper On Unmanned Submersibles
The San Diego Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers began its 1981- 82 program with a presentation on unmanned marine vehicles. Thirty members and guests of SNAME met at the Half Moon Inn in San Diego to hear Robert Wernli of the Naval Ocean Systems Center discuss his paper, "Experience with an Unmanned Vehicle-Based Recovery System." The paper and presentation surveyed various types of unmanned and remotely controlled submersibles and focused on the manipulative and vehicle position- ing features of the "Work Systems Package/Pontoon Implacement Vehicle." Through practical test programs, Mr. Wernli and his colleagues at NOSC have formed a technology base for continued development of these remotely controlled submerged vehicles. NOSC's design philosophy for these machines also was discussed. The goal of their design effort is remotely controlled systems, "that are as simple and rugged as the ocean itself."