AUV Programme Manager

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (USA) has appointed Christopher S. Moore as Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Manager. He will be responsible for planning and managing all AUV activities associated with Phoenix’s recent acquisition of a 21 inch diameter Bluefin Robotics AUV. His responsibilities will include identifying potential markets, developing market penetration strategies, and executing those strategies. Mr. Moore spent more than 25 years working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he retired at the rank of Captain in the NOAA Corps. While at NOAA, Mr. Moore held operational and programmatic positions that included multiple Commands at Sea; Director,... (read more)
2012-11-20 11:42:54

Optimising AUV Battery Efficiency

Steatite has worked with NOC to develop a mission-critical Lithium Primary solution that increased an AUV’s endurance while reducing the whole life cost. AUV deployment can be costly with limited deployment and recovery times, so deploying for as long as possible can be essential.     Historically, NOC has used Alkaline and Lithium Polymer battery packs in AUVs but with the ever-increasing deployment demands on endurance, NOC required a fresh approach to power.    Steatite’s Lithium Primary solution offered a number of benefits over the existing Alkaline solution such as greater endurance due to the increased energy density, weight saving,... (read more)
2013-04-09 02:33:14

New Solar AUV Trials

Falmouth Scientific, Inc has performed Seaweb trials of its Solar Powered AUV (SAUV) and reports excellent results. The Solar AUV successfully performed its mission and demonstrated its ability to be bi-directionally controlled and perform real-time data acquisition of underwater sensors using Freewave and Iridium communications. Falmouth Scientific developed and manufactured the Solar AUV under sub-contract from the Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute (AUSI) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The solar-powered vehicle has unlimited endurance and is capable of swimming at speeds of up to 3 knots and diving to 500 metre depths. The SAUV includes an FSI Conductivity, Temperature,... (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00

OceanServer Completes AUV Delivery

OceanServer Technology (OTI) recently delivered two lightweight multibeam sonar-equipped AUVs to the Navy Special Warfare (NSW) Command. These AUVs were competitively procured and operationally tested prior to delivery to the NSW Command at the Stennis Space Center in September 2010. Additionally the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted with OTI for a third vehicle to be delivered in December 2011. This is the fifth such award to OceanServer Technology over the past three years and represents the most sophisticated vehicle developed by OTI to date.The man-portable lightweight Iver is equipped with side-scan sonar (SSS), doppler velocity log (DVL), acoustic... (read more)
2010-11-17 11:37:25

C-Surveyor II AUV

A C & C Technologies deepwater AUV, C-Surveyor II, has been delivered to corporate headquarters. C & C purchased the C-Surveyor II as a base vehicle in November 2004 and has worked diligently over the last six months to integrate and build customised components for this next-generation survey AUV. The design of the C-Surveyor II is modelled on an existing AUV, C-Surveyor I, and includes a multi-beam echo sounder, chirp side-scan sonar, chirp sub-bottom profiler, CTD system and methane detector. The Edgetech DW106 sub-bottom profiler on board is customised with narrow transmit and receive beams to permit significantly deeper seabed... (read more)
2005-06-29 12:00:00

Developing Next Generation AUV

Subsea 7 and SeeByte have joined forces to develop the next generation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the offshore oil and gas industry. The project will see the development of the first truly autonomous vehicle capable of both inspection and light intervention in an offshore environment.   SeeByte Ltd, providing solutions for improved awareness and robot autonomy, and Subsea 7, subsea engineering, construction and technology companies, aim to provide the offshore oil and gas industry with a new concept of autonomous inspection and intervention vehicles. The vehicle, deployed from a host facility, will be capable of inspecting risers, pipelines,... (read more)
2008-02-27 10:03:47

KAUST Purchases Hydroid AUV

Hydroid, USA, has delivered a REMUS 100 AUV to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). The REMUS AUV was procured by Naizak Global Engineering Services, KAUST’s purchasing agent and Unique Group, Hydroid’s representative in Saudi Arabia. KAUST will use the REMUS 100 AUV for marine ecology and geology research and education in the Red Sea.   KAUST, which is wholly owned and run by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, needed a versatile AUV that could study the Red Sea from multiple angles and provide multiple functions, from climate-related sea floor sampling to oceanographic mapping. The university... (read more)
2012-02-13 02:05:33

UTEC Doubles AUV Fleet

UTEC Survey, USA, has doubled its AUV fleet to four vehicles in response to increasing demand for its AUV services. The company now operates a fleet of identically equipped 1,000m rated AUV systems. The fleet offers enhanced subsea positioning, robust operational performance, and low logistics designed for dual-mode operations utilising clients' vessels of opportunity. The AUVs are comprised of separate modules enabling operators to change configuration by adding or removing sensor modules, subject to the requirements of each mission. Typical missions have included pre-route survey, structure and pipeline inspection, scour monitoring and shallow environmental investigation. The ability to rapidly reconfigure... (read more)
2014-05-02 08:59:23

AUV Ultra Stable Clock

ACSA Underwater GPS France has launched an embedded Ultra-Stable Clock specially designed for AUVs. Key features of that board are: 10-8 clock stability, low power consumption, automatic synchronisation on GPS time using vehicle’s GPS receiver, PC-104 size. Time is delivered through serial and TCP/IP links (NTP protocol). 8 Fully programmable trigger lines are used to synchronise up to 8 payloads. The electronic board is delivered with a manual and a configuration software. ACSA proposes also a surface version of this board to synchronise realtime computer clocks on GPS-UTC. This product is already in service onboard numerous AUVs worldwide. (read more)
2005-03-28 12:00:00

AUV Co-operation Pact

General Atomics, Kongsberg Maritime and C & C Technologies have agreed to co-operate on the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and associated technologies. General Atomics (GA) and its affiliates are high-technology development companies in areas ranging from nuclear technologies and advanced defence and energy systems to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), including the Predator, a remotely operated surveillance aircraft. GA is currently active in systems integration for several US Navy programmes, including an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, an Advanced Arresting Gear, Integrated Fight Through Power Conversion equipment, a Superconducting Homopolar Propulsion Motor, and an Electromagnetic Railgun. C & C Technologies... (read more)
2005-12-08 12:00:00
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