Consideration of Launch and Recovery Systems for Operation of Underwater Robot from Manned Platform

유인플랫폼에서의 수중로봇 운용을 위한 진수 및 회수 체계 고찰

  • Received : 2016.02.10
  • Accepted : 2016.04.22
  • Published : 2016.04.30


In this technical note, the issues and challenges for the launch and recovery systems (LARS) and related techniques for the operation of an underwater robot from a manned platform are considered. Various types of LARS fitted to specific manned platforms, surface or sub-surface, are surveyed and categorized. The current UUV launch and recovery systems from surface ships and submarines utilize time consuming processes. As underwater robot technologies evolve and their roles are defined, safe and effective launch and recovery methods should be developed capable of reliable and efficient operations, particularly at a high sea state. To improve the existing underwater robot capabilities, LARS technology maturation is required in the near term, leading to the ability to incorporate autonomous LARS for an underwater robot on a manned platform. In the near term, particular emphasis should be placed on UUV LARS, which are surface ship based, with submarine based systems in the long term. Furthermore, for a dedicated LARS ship, independent of the existing host ship type, particular emphasis should be given to fully utilizing the capabilities of underwater robots.


Underwater robot;Launch and recovery system(LARS);Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV);Intermediate capture device;Underwater docking


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