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Launch and Recovery 2012

Call for Papers Status: CLOSED

Event Details:
November 14-15, 2012
Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS)
Linthicum, MD

Deadline: March 16, 2012

Launch & Recovery of Manned and Unmanned Vehicles from Surface Platforms
Global Perspective on Technology, Operations and Programs

Symposium Overview:

The American Society of Naval Engineers is pleased to issue a call for papers for the 2012 Launch and Recovery Symposium.  The 2005, 2008, and 2010 Launch and Recovery Symposia were outstanding successes drawing upon the leading experts from around the world to discuss emergent technical issues.  At the 2010 Launch and Recovery Symposium, particular emphasis was placed on the vehicles themselves and the special interfaces that must exist between the vehicle and the supporting platform.  For the 2012 Symposium, additional focus areas of operational experience and programmatic considerations will be added.  The symposium committee encourages new and returning participants to present their current research, technological developments, operational experience and program lessons learned.  We invite participants to give presentations on subjects related to the launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles from surface platforms.  Marine platforms comprise naval, coast guard, passenger commercial ships, offshore platforms and other vessels.  We will accept either full technical paper articles or PowerPoint presentations only.

The following launch / recovery topics are of particular relevance:

  • The design and construction of vehicles that are launched and recovered
  • Operational considerations and experience for launch and recovery
  • Innovative and conventional methods/systems for launch and recovery
  • Development and lessons learned since previous conferences
  • Improvements to operational capabilities and mission effectiveness
  • Simultaneous operations of manned and unmanned craft
  • Autonomous recovery operations, guidance systems, night operations
  • Issues for systems with reduced or zero deck crew: safety, human factors, training
  • Certification, test and evaluation
  • Issues related to launch/recovery in higher sea states and higher speeds
  • Platform and system flexibility to accommodate differing and future vehicles
  • Issues on small platforms like fishing vessels, high-speed boats, and yachts
  • Considerations for specific vessels type (Navy, passenger, yacht, ect.)
  • Research and development needs and initiatives
  • Program issues and lessons learned
  • Platform integration issues

Please submit a one page abstract/proposal no later than January 31, 2012, by e-mail to the contact below. Proposals should include:

  • Paper title
  • Name(s) of principal author(s) and organization(s)
  • Whether you propose to submit a complete paper or only a PowerPoint presentation
  • Primary point of contact, address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and e-mail address
  • Text providing sufficient detail for the Technical Papers Committee to perform a review

The text should include a problem statement or introduction, an outline of the key points to be made in the paper, and conclusions or recommendations.  Please e-mail your abstracts to:  All final papers/presentations will be submitted electronically.

ASNE enthusiastically welcomes student participation and offers free registration to student authors.

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