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

USV Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica

High-quality and Reliable Data Is Needed for Research Use
A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. USV SD 1020 left for the 196-day mission from Southport in Bluff, New Zealand, on 19 January 2019. It returned to the same port on 3 August after sailing over 22,000km (13,670 miles or 11,879 nautical miles) around Antarctica. During the mission, the vehicle survived freezing temperatures, 15m (50ft) waves, 130km/h (80mph) winds... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:08:58

USV as Mobile Testbed for Developers

At MTS/IEEE OCEANS’15 in Genoa, EvoLogics presented its latest developments with a mobile demonstration kit that combines underwater LBL positioning with the company’s unmanned surface vehicle, the Sonobot. The company’s experts showcased the capabilities of EvoLogics LBL (Long Baseline) positioning and communication system and successfully rose to the challenge of quickly and cost-efficiently deploying and setting up the equipment, common for live demos at industry events.   The new solution was to simplify logistics and have the team and spectators stay on-shore, instead incorporating the Sonobot USV into the demonstration setup as a mobile node for LBL calibration and a... (read more)
2015-06-01 09:02:00

Inception Class USV to Be Launched

During Ocean Business 2017, Swathe Systems will be presenting the new Inception Class Mark II unmanned surface vehicle (USV). It will also be demonstrated in on-water demos during the event, which is taking place from 4-6 April 2017 in Southampton, UK. Alongside this USV there will also be equipment demonstrations of the Merlin marine mobile laser scanner from Renishaw and singlebeam sonar equipment from CEE HydroSystems. BeamWorX will be giving a demonstration of their fully automated multibeam echosounder patch test calculator ‘AutoPatch’ as well as their cleaning and validating software ‘AutoClean’ at noon on Wednesday 5 April.  Interested professionals are... (read more)
2017-03-21 08:54:38

CEESCOPE-USV Echosounder for Remote Hydrographic Surveying

CEE HydroSystems has announced the release of a singlebeam echosounder survey system, designed specifically for the growing number of shallow-water unmanned surface vehicle (USV) survey applications using both commercially-available and custom-manufactured remotely operated boats. The CEESCOPE-USV is an echosounder, GNSS and broadband radio telemetry package that can be installed on practically any remotely operated boat. As an entirely self-contained module requiring no interface with the USV, challenges of instrument data integration on the vehicle are minimised or eliminated. Rigorous data handling eliminates latency concerns resulting from radio transmission to the shore, and the CEESCOPE-USV brings a clear separation between the... (read more)
2016-06-13 10:26:25

First USV-supported Cable Route Survey

ASV Global and TerraSond have completed their first ever seabed cable route survey supported by an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The survey route included various water depths and strong currents, while facing difficult wind and sea conditions in the Bering Sea offshore Alaska. The project was mobilised immediately following a 9,000km nautical charting survey by Terrasond, of which 4,750km (53%) were executed by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). The cable route survey required a new payload including a hull-mounted multibeam sonar, a sub-bottom profiler, and a towed sidescan sonar with 250m of armoured sonar cable. The... (read more)
2017-10-10 11:48:41

SeeTrack Neptune Integrated into SeaRobotics' USV-2600

SeeByte, UK, and SeaRobotics, USA, have integrated SeeByte's SeeTrack Neptune with SeaRobotics' family of general-purpose unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) as part of a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) contract. SeeTrack Neptune provides a payload control architecture and real-time autonomy engine for unmanned systems to plan and execute well-known patterns of behaviour that expedite and optimise single-vehicle and multi-vehicle operations. In other words, the operators plan what to do and SeeTrack Neptune decides how to do it. The SeaRobotics USV-2600, 4-metre general-purpose USV is developed to be small but capable. It can be used for numerous applications and is able... (read more)
2014-09-01 02:36:33

Launch of Next-generation Wind-powered USV

Jellyfish as Inspiration for Propulsion
Here’s a simple question: What is a bluebottle? Readers living in the temperate north will almost certainly think of a large, hairy fly buzzing around just out of reach. But for Australians, a bluebottle brings to mind a diminutive blue jellyfish, swarming menacingly off the beaches of the East coast; the cause of many hastily-abandoned swims. Australian bluebottles are remarkable creatures and inspiration for a new generation of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) coming to market from Ocius Technology. So what is it about bluebottles that makes them so special? For a start they are comprised of several individual interdependent organisms... (read more)
2015-08-06 02:55:59

CEE-USV Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat

With a purposeful-looking remotely operated hydrographic survey boat package, CEE HydroSystems USA has added a factory-option USV to its shallow-water bathymetry product line. The survey vessel is 1.9m and equipped with a singlebeam echosounder. The key to the CEE approach is to bring all components together; instead of multiple components cabled and connected, the CEE-USV has a single data module presenting a simple user interface. Adrian McDonald of CEE characterises its purpose saying that If the users are aiming for a science project – don’t buy this USV. With a design aimed to minimize the requirement for specific system expertise,... (read more)
2017-02-28 08:51:58

Demonstrations of ARCIMS USV with Neptune Autonomy Software

Successful sea trials have been conducted to demonstrate the integration of the ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK) ARCIMS unmanned surface vehicle (USV) with SeeByte’s Neptune autonomy software. In challenging conditions with winds gusting up to 45mph, the ARCIMS USV was controlled by SeeByte’s Neptune system in a number of autonomous missions in Portland Harbour, USA. These missions included single and multi-vehicle scenarios covering survey, target re-acquisition, survey with collision avoidance and multi-vehicle roles, demonstrating full collaboration between the ARCIMS USV and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). This series of missions demonstrated ARCIMS under Neptune control and explored the use of operational behaviours... (read more)
2017-04-05 02:53:11
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