SeaRobotics has delivered two additional 2.5 meter autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), a part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, bringing the fleet to four systems.
The USVs, built by SeaRobotics, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers.
The USVs were delivered with a fully integrated R2Sonic multi-beam echo sounder (MBES), associated motion reference unit and dual antenna RTK GPS system, as well as a surface sound velocity probe and a cast winch deploying a CTD—all tightly integrated with HYPACK software.
“We are pleased to be supporting CHS in their deployment of state-of-the-art USV technology. The 2.5 meter USV is one of the smallest systems capable of practical, general purpose MBES deployment,” said Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics.
“The USV will be used extensively to improve bathymetric, hydrographic and nautical data throughout Canada for waterways, estuaries and coastal bathymetric surveys,” further explained Geoff Douglass, USV development manager at SeaRobotics.