OPENING THE
DEEP SEA FRONTIER

“It's remarkable that so much of the deep sea has never been seen by human eyes at a time when we are viewing the far reaches of the universe using modern technology.”
European Marine Board; Position Paper 22, Sept. 2015.

Activities

In order to achieve our objectives, we have designed a plan with six technical Work Packages (WP) to be performed during the project.

WP1. APPLICATION SCENARIOS AND END-USER REQUIREMENTS 

Identify and characterize all technical aspects derived from each operational scenario considered, issuing requirements for the development of the envisioned system of autonomous cooperative vehicles and end-user requirements. 

Identify and characterize all technical aspects from state of the art logistics and support equipment required to operationalize the identified missions. 

Understand and create a technical link related to system interoperability with all other project typologies being developed in parallel in the scope of the same call.
WP2. MECHANICAL DEVELOPMENT 

Develop the overall design of the deep sea AUV, that will integrate the system of autonomous cooperative vehicles. 

Develop the propulsion system layout and setup to fulfill the operational requirements. 

Develop the tooling and support equipment suitable for the targeted mission scenarios.
WP3. ENERGY AND POWER 

Develop, integrate and test the components responsible for supplying energy to the individual subsystems. This includes the battery arrangement and management, as well as the system for power distribution and management.
WP4. VEHICLE MISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS 

Develop, implement and test the Vehicle and Mission Control Systems. These include the navigation, cooperative navigation, control, cooperative control, mission programming monitoring and control systems. 

Integrate new sensors and actuators in the system.
WP5. MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLING 

Manufacture and fully assemble the AUV system. 

Manufacture all tooling and support equipment.
WP6. VALIDATION TESTS 

Perform laboratory testing & validations of the whole system (functional, structural & electrical). 

Perform the operational validation of all systems in a shallow water scenario. 

Perform the operational validation of all systems in a deep-sea scenario.

Outcomes

MEDUSA Deep-Sea system demonstrated for scenario 1 
– data download and water column profiling –, 
at a deep-sea location with 1000 meters depth minimum.

Deliverables

1. Application Scenarios and End User Requirements report
2. Operational Logistics and System Interoperability report
3. Mechanical Development report
4. Propulsion System characterization report
5. Energy and Power Management System report
6. Vehicle and Mission Control Systems report
7. Vehicle Manufacturing and assembly report
8. Deep Water AUV fully assembled
9. Systems Validation report