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Space-To-Sea - Combining satellite and underwater acoustic communication to control autonomeuos vehicles from space

Dr. Roee Diamant, Alik Chebotar, Liav Nagar

Similarly to the bottom of the ocean, Space is, at large, an underexplored domain. Our project links the two by establishing ways to connect from space to an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). AUVs have displayed various applications, such as working in hazardous conditions, surveillance, and disaster relief. Impaired by the complexities of communication, AUV operations poses the challenge of controlling the vehicle. Satellite communication may offer a solution. Combining underwater acoustics with satellite communications, our aim was to be the first to demonstrate two-way message exchange between an AUV and the space station: sending commands from space and receiving data and feedback from the water.

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