Design concept of tsukuyomi underwater glider prototype for virtual mooring

Kenichi Asakawa, Masahiko Nakamura, Taiyo Kobayashi, Yoshitaka Watanabe, Tadahiro Hyakudome, Yuzuru Ito, Junichi Kojima

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The design concept of a prototype underwater glider "Tsukuyomi" for virtual mooring is described. It uses a buoyancy engine for propulsion as it ascends and descends between the seafloor and the ocean surface to monitor the underwater environment. Its maximum operating depth is 3,000 m. It can sleep for a fixed time on seafloor to extend the observation period. We have already conducted towing-tank tests using a half-sized model to evaluate its hydrodynamic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2011 IEEE - Spain
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventOCEANS 2011 IEEE - Spain - Santander, Spain
Duration: Jun 6 2011Jun 9 2011

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NameOCEANS 2011 IEEE - Spain


OtherOCEANS 2011 IEEE - Spain

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering


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