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Unmanned Maritime Systems Used for U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Missions

Dept. of Homeland Security

The unmanned maritime system (UMS) is composed of three pieces that when combined obtain imagery from the surface of water. Built by U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) staff and powered by batteries and solar panels, the UMS can be operated either by remote controls or in autonomous mode to execute preprogrammed missions.

Testing in the harsh and remote Arctic waters demonstrated:

  • Remote-controlled operations of a UMS in open water areas in the Arctic
  • Autonomous operations of a UMS
  • Detection of oil in the water using a fluorometer sensor with a UMS.

Located in New London, Connecticut, the RDC conducts research to improve Coast Guard operational and mission performance across all mission areas for the 88,000-member force stationed around the globe.

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