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Watch: Hybrid Underwater Drone for Multiple Missions

18 December 2017

Aquabotix, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), recently introduced the Integra Hybrid AUV/ROV, which can function both as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and as a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). With six degrees of freedom of motion, the portable, single-person deployable vehicle is lithium-ion battery-powered, and can be configured with multiple sensors.

The Integra is designed for cost-effectiveness, allowing users to conduct multiple underwater missions without needing to deploy separate AUVs and ROVs for individual tasks. According to the company, it can search wide areas using AUV mode (untethered) while conducting detailed inspections using ROV mode (tethered).

Like the rest of the Aquabotix family of vehicles, it is also equipped with the new live remote control feature. This functionality allows users to remotely pilot the device, along with storing, analyzing and sharing data, from a web-enabled device anywhere in the world.

Applications include law enforcement, research, environmental assessment, defense and infrastructure.

Other features include:

  • Five high-torque motors
  • Configurable sensor suite: side scan sonar, multibeam sonar, scanning sonar, DVL, USBL, INS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and environmental sensors available
  • Sensor package, including depth, temperature, orientation and GPS
  • 1080p true high-definition camera with pan and tilt
  • Depth rating 100m or 300m models available
  • Five pounds of payload capability
  • Up to eight hours battery life
  • High intensity (4,400 lumens) LED lighting
To contact the author of this article, email tony.pallone@ieeeglobalspec.com


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