C & C Technologies has recently co-developed its new Unmanned Semi Submersible (USS). The USS development was originally sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) but C & C and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have now been in cooperation in the multi-year development programme.
The USS is designed to provide an extended survey presence over areas not suited to a manned survey launch. Its design provides both a wider operational weather window and a longer continuous operations time frame for more efficient and safer surveys.
Current problems with survey launches are fatigue, launch motion and weather safety. When weather is poor, launches are not deployed. C & Cs solution is the USS, as it is less weather dependent than other vessels and minimizes the need for personnel to leave the mother ship.
C & Cs USS can perform NOAA hydrographic surveys with a fleet of unmanned semi submersible vehicles operating simultaneously from one mother ship resulting in increased production and better data quality than alternative means.
C & C is currently the only company capable of providing hydrographic surveys via this advanced technology.
Demo of RIEGL Airborne Bathy Scanner in Camcopter UAV
It's not an AUV but an UAV. So an unmanned vehicle, but in the air instead of underwater. This movie shows a demonstration of the bathymetric laser scanning capabilities of the RIEGL VQ-820-GU hydrographic airborne sensor in reality. For more information on the technical side, please see the news release on Hydro International.