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Advanced remotely operated vehicle for education and research

Disclosed are watercrafts with rotatable air propulsion steering units and retractable measurement instruments. The watercraft can include a substantially flat bottom, a top deck, a rotatable air propulsion steering unit configured to propel the watercraft and to rotate in order to steer the watercraft when the watercraft is submerged in a liquid body without requiring a submerged rudder steering system under the substantially flat bottom. The watercraft can also include a retractable measurement deck configured to alternatively raise measurement instruments above the liquid body and lower into the liquid body.
Inventors: 

Ted K. Miles, Geoffrey L. Bland

Patent Number: 
US10059418
Patent Issue Date: 
September 28, 2018
Agency
NASA
State: 
Virginia
Phone: 
757-864-3346
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