Cruiseship INS Orders

Hamburg-based SAM Electronics, Germany, has received orders to supply four NACOS 65-5 integrated navigation command systems for new cruise ships currently under construction in major European yards on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and Costa Cruises for delivery in 2011 and 2012. Ships to be equipped with the systems are Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Magic being built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard in Italy, and Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Silhouette (image) under construction by Meyer Werft in Germany. The other two systems will be installed aboard Costa Cruises' Costa Fascionosa and Costa Favolosa, both of which are being completed by Fincantieri... (read more)
2010-11-09 11:08:56


On the opening day of Ocean Business 2009 in Southampton (UK), IXSEA launched ROVINS, a combined survey-grade gyrocompass and Inertial Navigation System (INS) for depths to 3,000m. Designed specifically for offshore survey and construction activities, ROVINS can significantly improve the efficiency of all operations, surface or subsea, requiring accurate position, heading and attitude information.   ROVINS builds upon the company's OCTANS gyrocompass and PHINS INS architecture and offers interfaces to standard surface and subsea positioning and aiding sensors. ROVINS integral web based configuration software offers an instant interface via any web browser.   IXSEA's Fiber Optic Gyroscope (FOG) and ‘strap-down'... (read more)
2009-03-31 10:52:56

IMO Approval for Orion INS

The IMO (International Maritime Authority) has approved the Orion Inertial Navigation System (INS) as meeting the performance standards required by gyrocompasses used for commercial shipping. The approval certifies the Orion as meeting the demanding ISO 16328, ISO 60945 and IEC 61162 standards which makes it suitable as a ship's primary heading indicator and for the export of data into equipment such as radar, electronic chart displays and voyage data recorders.     The Orion Inertial Navigation System was specifically designed for the demanding hydrographic survey, offshore construction and ROV (remotely operated vehicle) operations markets and it incorporates three single axis... (read more)
2009-07-30 04:37:00

Two New INS Solutions Launched

Two separate Inertial Navigation Systems are arrived at CDL during at this year’s Ocean Business event in Southampton, UK. The MiniPOS3 and MiniSense2 offer INS solutions to suit either end of the cost - performance spectrum.   CDL’s most advanced system ever, the MiniPOS3, is a full Inertial Navigation System (INS) providing highly accurate heading, pitch and roll alongside multiple aiding options including USBL, LBL, DVL and GPS to provide a positioning solution that eliminates almost all of the inherent noise and availability issues of traditional positioning systems. Developed from the successful MiniPOS2 system the addition of USBL/LBL aiding provides... (read more)
2011-04-06 03:44:56

Acoustically Aided INS and Lidar

Fast 3D Subsea Mobile Mapping and Contactless Metrology
Aerial mobile mapping using Lidar and GNSS-aided inertial navigation has revolutionised the efficiency of land and shallow-water bathymetric surveying. Now, fast ultra‑high resolution subsea mobile mapping is approaching. Millimetre-resolution Lidar sensors have emerged in parallel with major advances in tightly integrated subsea inertial navigation. Wideband Doppler velocity navigation (DVL), Long BaseLine (LBL) observations, Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM), automatic calibration and forwards-backwards post-processing, join with Acoustically Aided INS (AAINS) to provide robust dynamic sub‑millimetre relative accuracy and centimetric-level accuracy over wide areas. Successful deepwater ROV trials in the Monterey Canyon, California, USA, have demonstrated the extremely efficient dynamic future of... (read more)
2016-03-01 10:29:57

NovAtel Launches GNSS+INS Positioning Device

NovAtel, Canada, has recently added the IMU-ISA-100C as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) option to its SPAN GNSS+INS line of positioning products. The IMU-ISA-100C is a near navigation grade IMU for platform stabilisation, general purpose navigation, photogrammetry, remote sensing and ground mobile mapping applications. Commercially exportable, the IMU-ISA-100C integrates easily with a NovAtel SPAN capable receiver to provide a tightly coupled 3D navigation solution. Offering customers continuous position, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch and azimuth) measurements, a SPAN system is stable and available even through periods when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable. With the IMU-ISA-100C, customers will receive near... (read more)
2014-08-25 08:48:17

CDL TOGS2 Smaller Subsea INS

Following the unprecedented success of our original TOGS system, CDL has announced the release of the second generation TOGS2 incorporating the latest iXBlue FOG IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). TOGS2 is a major advancement over the original system. It is 40% smaller, uses 50% less energy but has more than ten times the processing power for use in advanced INS functionality as well as several new communications interfaces.  TOGS2 will become the core sensor for an advanced range of new aiding options to be released over the next 12 months. (read more)
2012-04-16 10:42:22

NACOS INS Retrofitted to QE2

A SAM Electronics’ NACOS 35-4 integrated navigation system has been installed on the QE2, as part of a major three-week refurbishment project completed in May by Germany’s leading repair and conversion yard, Lloyd Werft of Bremerhaven (Germany). The system, which replaces an earlier different navigation assembly, comprises three Chartradar 1000 units each combining radar and electronic charting in addition to integrated track control and conning functions, a Trackpilot, and two chartpilot 9330 for provision of planning, track and map data. (read more)
2004-06-07 12:00:00

Commodore Jha takes charge of INS Venduruthy

Commodore S. Jha took over as the Naval Officer-in-charge of Kerala, from Commodore A.T. Lucose at an impressive parade held in the Naval Base here. Commissioned into the Naval Service in 1978, Commodore Jha is a specialist Hydrographer.   He had commanded survey ships INS Nirdeshak and INS Nirupak before. He was the Officer-in-Charge of Hydrographic School and the Chief Hydrographer/Chief Ports Officer to the Maharashtra Government. He was an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and the Naval War College. A recipient of the 'Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)' , he was the Principal Director of Hydrography at the... (read more)
2007-07-31 09:50:53

iXSea INS for PUMA Ocean Racing

PUMA Ocean Racing will be competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, one of yachting's most difficult and prestigious events using their Volvo Open 70 yacht, a high-performance sailboat capable of reaching speeds in excess of 40 knots. The race course will test the yacht and crew with extreme temperatures, winds, and seas. The team is using iXSea's HYDRINS Inertial Navigation System (INS) as the core of their navigation suite.   Based on Fiber-Optic Gyroscope technology, HYDRINS is a compact, high-performance INS that has been optimised for use in any type of surface vessel. Designed to cope effectively with GPS... (read more)
2011-01-17 02:38:32
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