USV development

22 Feb 2017

A Seafloor Systems’ EchoBoat-G2 designed for impromptu and routine inspection surveys via remote control,

A Seafloor Systems’ EchoBoat-G2 designed for impromptu and routine inspection surveys via remote control,
which will be demonstrated at Ocean Business 2017

Among latest additions to growing worldwide development of self-sufficient USVs and AUVs is EchoBoat-G2 developed by California-based Seafloor Systems which the US company says will be available for distribution in Europe via Teledyne Reson’s bases in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.

Designed for inspection, asset protection and
search-and-rescue surveys either remotely or semi-autonomously using so-called
mission planner drone software supported by an autopilot module, the unmanned surface
vessel includes dual-DC thrusters and an internal plug-and-play survey deck for
seamless installation of sonar and navigational monitoring equipment.  With the autopilot module operators can
pre-plan survey waypoints for uploading to an associated drone vehicle for
automatic completion of missions prior to returning to base.

Seafloor Systems plans a series of demonstrations of the
lightweight system equipped with INS/GNSS facilities and a sound velocity probe
at Ocean Business 2017.

By David Goodfellow

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