Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are designed to conduct efficient surveys over large areas and find targets of interest. However, close-up inspections of these targets require station-keeping and maneuvering capabilities that are only available from Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). An Asymmetric Propulsion system provides a UUV with the maneuverability of an ROV in the torpedo-shaped form factor of a UUV, meaning that a single vehicle can perform both surveys and inspections during the same deployment.
2x Speed. WHOI 2020.