USV Survey Demo

Swathe Services is demonstrating the R2Sonic 2022 multibeam echosounder, SBG Systems APOGEE inertial navigation system and Renishaw Merlin mobile laser scanner in action on board the ASV C-Worker 5. Spaces are free but limited. (read more)
2016-07-26 09:07:03

Long Endurance USV Development

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV, UK) has won a research contract to design and build a Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LEMUSV) under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). This initiative is supported by the UK government. Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) has won the second phase of the recent SBRI competition to develop a Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LEMUSV). Run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl) the competition brief sought to develop an autonomous vehicle to gather data from the ocean over several months. The team includes Cosworth, who... (read more)
2013-07-05 12:00:00

SeaRobotics Delivers USV to NATO

SeaRobotics Corporation, based in Florida, USA, has delivered an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in its 5.7m hull series to the NATO's Center for Marine Research and Experimentation (CMRE). This general-purpose USV will be utilised to improve payload capacity and efficiency of the impressive, fully autonomous mine neutralisation system developed at CMRE. With over 350kg of payload, the ability to be configured as an all-electric or as a diesel-electric hybrid system, and the ability to reach speeds in excess of 5m/sec, the 5.7m system will excel in numerous applications. Enhancing its role in mine neutralisation operations or many other tasks, the... (read more)
2013-05-06 09:22:26

USV Surveys Pearl Harbor Vessels

Using its H-1750 unmanned surface vehicle (USV), Deep Ocean Engineering, USA, has participated in the first comprehensive multibeam survey of the USS Arizona and the USS Utah at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the week of 20 October 2014, company specialists together with representatives of R2Sonic, Autodesk and eTrac travelled to Oahu to conduct the surveys as a gift to the National Park Service. In the months leading up to this survey, R2Sonic contacted Deep Ocean to utilise the H-1750 USV as an unmanned platform to operate its SONIC 2020... (read more)
2014-11-10 11:02:02

USV to Monitor Ocean Noise

A pioneering project to find out how increasing levels of man-made noise in the sea is affecting marine life has begun in Plymouth. Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut and its 5m wave-propelled unmanned surface vessel (USV), towing a Seiche passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) array. This technology enables the gathering of essential underwater sound data that is both high quality and cost-effective. Dr Clare Embling and Dr Simon Ingram, both lecturers within the School of Marine Science and Engineering and experts in marine mammal biology and bio-acoustics, are the academic leads in the project. According to Clare... (read more)
2016-08-11 09:29:08

USV Christened in the Port of Hamburg

A 1.65 meter-long unmanned surface vehicle (USV) was christened on Wednesday morning in Hamburg, Germany. The USV named echo.1 measures water depth and can work continuously for up to six hours without emissions. Senator for Economic Affairs Michael Westhagemann, Managing Director of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) Jens Meier and Rike Verheye from HPA Hydrography christened the yellow drone. According to HPA, echo.1 will be able to travel up to six hours at a time in the harbour to improve the understanding of the water depths and provide information about the condition of the quay walls. With its length of only 1.65 meters, the USV can... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:19:53

MBES-training Using a Remotely Operated USV

Swathe Services, a Hydrographic survey support company in Hayle, Cornwall (UK) ran the world’s first Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder training course using a remotely operated Unmanned Surface Vessel. People came from as far afield as Norway, France, Slovenia, UK and the USA to attend the intensive 5-day course. As part of the training, the delegates mapped Hayle Harbour in Cornwall using an Unmanned Surface Vessel fitted with Multi-beam Echo-Sounder technology. The USV was remotely operated from Swathe Services offices nearby using dedicated survey data acquisition software from HYPACK. Hands-on Training Kordula Schwarzwalder, a Researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology,... (read more)
2019-10-03 02:21:35

New, High-performing USV for Ocean Surveying

A new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed for the Chinese market offers an open and low-cost platform to measure water current and direction. Nortek China has integrated Doppler instrumentation on the vehicle to help better meet user requirements for ocean surveying. The new USV has an industrial personal computer (IPC) as the main operation platform and uses Remote Desktop, a remote control technique, to communicate with all the instruments installed. This means that the vehicle offers an open and low-cost platform for customers who need to carry out several different tasks at the same time. For example, users can perform... (read more)
2019-05-06 06:57:40

AutoNaut USV Accompanies The Ocean Cleanup

An AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) has been launched alongside the revolutionary system of The Ocean Cleanup, the non-profit organisation deploying advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. 'The Ocean Cleanup System 001', also known as 'Wilson', is undergoing extensive sea trials approximately 350 nautical miles from San Francisco to test the behaviour of the system. If all goes well, it will relocate to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) where it will begin the challenge of removing tons of plastic debris. The role of the AutoNaut USV is to conduct long-term monitoring of the surrounding environmental conditions... (read more)
2018-10-02 08:34:21

Aquabotix Releases SwarmDiver Micro USV/UUV

Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the US, has launched SwarmDiver, a micro unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that operates in a swarm. Multiple SwarmDivers can function simultaneously as a single coordinated entity, be easily controlled via one operator on the surface, and perform dives on command to collect valuable intelligence. Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s CEO, commented: “This vehicle is a game-changer for both the industry and Aquabotix. Until today, there were simply no micro hybrid USV/UUV vehicles and no swarming unmanned vehicles with diving capabilities commercially available in the industry. Aquabotix has... (read more)
2018-04-10 10:00:08
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