Sea Technology

NOV 2017

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Page 16 of 53 November 2017 / st 15 T ang, Velcro and Teflon…NASA spinoffs? Actually, no. But did you know your EPIRB (electronic position-indi- cating radio beacon) is? In collaboration with NOAA, Coast Guard, Air Force and other U.S. agency partners, NASA developed the technology, which has reduced search times from hours to a few minutes, saving thousands of lives. Government-sponsored research and development (R&D) can often benefit our day-to-day work at sea. Future- Waves, a revolutionary new system developed for the Of- fice of Naval Research (ONR) by Applied Physical Sciences Corp. of General Dynamics (GD-APS) in Groton, Connecti- cut, is another spinoff. FutureWaves is a direct result of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' effort to reduce risk, enhance safety and expand operational envelopes through science and technology (S&T). Using a specialized marine X-band wave radar to measure the surrounding ocean wave energy, FutureWaves provides best heading and speed to minimize ship motions and forecasts specific individual wave events, which can indicate excessive ship motion up to 5 minutes before it actually occurs. The numerous applications of this technology will help to mitigate risk while increasing oper- ability on countless types of offshore vessels, rigs and plat- forms. Seabasing Military doctrine has long recognized that a forward presence provides significant advantage. However, forward Addressing Military Seabasing Challenges FutureWaves Enables Safer Offshore Work, Improved Operability By John Kusters (Top) A U.S. Navy landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the expeditionary transfer dock (ESD) USNS John Glenn during exercise Pacific Horizon 2017. (Bottom) Seabasing overview. (Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps, Roxanna Gonzalez) (Image Credit: Marine Corps Combat Development Command)

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