Future Drone Power - Part III: Fill'r Up
|Bluefin-9 AUV (Bluefin Robotics)|
The future naval implications of this technology are expansive, however the actual implementation might be challenging. The system would work well in a permanent installation with AUVs on patrol keeping keep a navy port clear of mines or swimmers. In an expeditionary environment for say a mine-hunting mission, recharging stations might be installed by buoy tenders and kept powered from surface buoys with solar panels. Alternatively, a variant of the system could be installed aboard submarines, in which a UUV could swim in, charge up/download data, and swim out.