ATLAS AUV Pre-launch: This view shows the side-view of the AUV with the ATLAS sonar mounted on the nose, the orange GPS/WiFi antenna and strobe light mounted on top, and the fins with propeller at the stern of the AUV. The underwater modem uses the small black transducer underneath the AUV to transmit and receive acoustic messages between the AUV and support ship.

This side-view of the ATLAS autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) shows the sonar mounted on the nose, the orange GPS/WiFi antenna and strobe light mounted on top, and the fins with propeller at the stern. The underwater modem uses the small black transducer underneath the AUV to transmit and receive acoustic messages between the AUV and support ship. Image courtesy of Thunder Bay 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER.

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Thunder Bay 2010: Cutting Edge Technology and the Hunt for Lake Huron’s Lost Ships

Thunder Bay 2010: Sonar and AUV Technology

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery