Functional Modules as an Approach to Underwater Vehicle Operation 630255
The integrated system vehicle for deep underwater work has many limitations that are successfully overcome by the design of modular type vehicles. The modular type is adaptable to a wider range of oceanographic programs because of its operational selectivity, small size, component interchangeability, and versatility. It may be operated from a parent vehicle or as a free unit, manned or unmanned. This paper reviews the capabilities of both the integrated and the modular types and reviews accomplishments to this date.