Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the U.S., has released 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.
According to Whitney Million, Aquabotix's Chief Executive Officer, "Maritime swarming is rapidly becoming an area of focus for naval forces globally, and SwarmDiver leads a revolution in underwater technologies. SwarmDiver advances amphibious warfare tactics as it is engineered to handle dynamic operational situations, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and sophisticated, coordinated assaults through tracking, trailing and overwhelming targets."
"In addition to defense and security applications, SwarmDivers can be deployed in research, harbor management and oceanography."
Key Features of SwarmDiver
- Miniaturized — weighing just 1.7 kg at a length of 75 cm
- Vertical dive capability
- Ability to operate as both a UUV (diving underwater) and a USV (on the surface)
- 50-meter dive-depth
- Easily deployable and recoverable
- Wireless data feedback upon surfacing
- High accuracy temperature (+/- 0.1 degrees Celsius) and pressure sensor (+/- 2 cm depth)
- Additional sensor payloads available
- Multi-constellation GPS for +/-1 m location accuracy
- Deployable in groups for synoptic data gathering
- Sustained surf zone operation
- Low cost