Contract for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Marport has been awarded a contract valued at approximately CAD1 million to supply its SQX-1 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to an international geodetic survey company. Karl Kenny, CEO of Marport said that no work in the offshore industry can proceed efficiently without proper subsea survey information. From initial surveys, through to the commissioning of offshore installations and pipelines, survey data is the critical link between the various pieces of a complex infrastructure.     Marport's SQX-1 AUV is a hydro-dynamically stable platform designed for reliable performance and low life-cycle cost. Employing a propulsion and control system based on thrust vectoring,... (read more)
2009-07-08 01:27:48

Endurance Record for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

During a mission in the Northeast Pacific, Seaglider 144 propelled itself for 292 days, covering 5,528km (3,435 miles) through the water, more than half the pole to equator distance (or about the distance between Boston and Paris). The scientific objectives of the mission were to continuously sample ocean properties, including salinity, temperature, density, dissolved oxygen concentration (by two methods), chlorophyll-a, and turbidity to 1000 metres depth in repeat surveys of the environs of Ocean Station P (50W). Operating independently, without any intervention from its operators for repair or cleaning, Seaglider 144 averaged a speed of just over .75km per hour... (read more)
2010-05-06 09:40:21

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase

The eighth Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase took place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, from 27th to 28th September 2006. Although modest in size compared, for example, to OI-London, the UUVS attracted many interested in AUVs, ROVs and related industry. Conference The UUVS is more or less conference driven. Some forty exhibitors, 78 registered delegates and 550 registred visitors attended. Conference provided an update on progress in the rapid developments in this field. All twenty papers were invited by the organising committee, which had a great influence on quality and theme. Subjects highlighted developments in the commercial use of vehicles,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

INSTALL Develops Autonomous Surface Vehicle

INSTALL srl, Italy, has just been awarded an agreement for the supply of its autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) on behalf of public authorities, environmental associations and universities. The vehicle is to carry out environmental surveys, profiling the water column with a multi-parametric probe with the purpose of examining its interactions with the underwater volcanic phenomena in the Gulf of Naples. The ASV system, developed and built by INSTALL, is able to carry out missions in full autonomy, without the intervention of the operator. The ASV is equipped with a high-accuracy satellite positioning system (GNSS) and with a high-resolution camera able... (read more)
2016-05-25 10:06:38

A View of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market

For a number of years now the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been the undisputed tool of choice for certain niche underwater applications, but with growing acceptance the AUV has now become an established solution for the subsea survey community.  The following review explores these uses and aims to summarise the latest industry trends. For those unfamiliar with AUVs, it is a robotic platform that operates underwater and is typically powered by batteries and it has no physical link to the surface. The missions undertaken by AUVs are typically pre-programmed and the AUV is capable of carrying multiple sensors which... (read more)
2013-04-02 03:07:37

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

A View of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market in 2016
This last year has seen an increase in Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) sales and prospects for new sales. The lower than usual oil price may be responsible for much of that growth. Faced with operating in an increasingly harsh market where cost efficiencies can be the difference between success or failure for a business, Oil and Gas companies have had to look for ways to operate profitably. This often means a fairly radical restructure of their business and operations. Survey class AUVs offer a level of technical and operational maturity at a price point that encourages their use by oil... (read more)
2016-07-26 11:26:42

Collaboration on Underwater Inspection Vehicle

Space Florida and Lockheed Martin have signed an agreement to advance the testing and production of a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as Marlin in support of aerospace economic development in the state of Florida, USA.     Lockheed Martin will outfit the Marlin systems with sophisticated sensors and imaging equipment to conduct commercial underwater inspections. The systems suited for use in the oil and gas industry as a safe and cost-effective way to inspect underwater infrastructure and pipelines, especially after severe weather such as hurricanes.   Space Florida is investing in Lockheed Martin's technology to allow for further refinement and... (read more)
2011-11-18 10:08:26

Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge - Europe

The Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge – Europe (SAUC-E) is an annual event providing an opportunity for student-led teams to design and build a small autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to compete over a variety of challenges. The University of Southampton team (Figure 1) – the winners of SAUC-E 2007 – are aiming to retain their title at the 2008 edition to be held from 7 to 11 July at IFREMER in Brest (France). A new vehicle is in the latter stages of development for this year’s challenge to try to emulate the achievements of its predecessor.<P> The Student AutonomousUnderwater Challenge –... (read more)
2008-07-04 12:00:00

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase (UUVS 2007)

The ninth Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase took place at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, from 26th to 27th September 2007. This conference/exhibition is one of the few (and in western Europe the only) dedicated to UUVs only.<P> Although modest in size compared with, for example, Ocean Business 2007, which was also held at the NOC, the UUVS with its 50 exhib­itors, 86 registered delegates and 350 visitors attracted many with an interest in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Oper­ated Vehicles (ROVs) and related industry. The conference delegates were classified as high quality, with good questions and discussions. Although... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

BAE Systems Launches Talisman Autonomous Underwater System

BAE Systems launched its new autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) Talisman at Oceanology International 2006. The Talisman System, developed by BAE Systems in the UK, is a latest-generation modular multi-role UUV, capable of a wide range of maritime littoral operations. Fully-funded by BAE Systems private venture funding, the Talisman program was launched in late 2004, going from paper to initial trials within less than a year. The program is part of BAE Systems strategy to build up an integrated approach to unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems, leading to the development of Intelligent Autonomy which can be applied across all sectors.... (read more)
2007-03-29 11:17:36
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