Bluefin AUVs integrated with new sonar payload
Bluefin Robotics’ autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are now able to be integrated with the L-3 Klein UUV-3500 Side Scan Sonar payload. The new payload is being offered to expand sensor options to meet a wider range of customer requirements.
The L-3 Klein UUV-3500 is a next-generation, compact digital sensor designed to provide both side scan sonar and interferometric bathymetry data particularly suited for mine countermeasures applications.
David Kelly, president and CEO, Bluefin Robotics, said: ‘We are pleased to offer new payload options to the community. The combination of our vehicle stability and navigation capability, along with the sonar's exceptional imagery makes for a very high-quality tool for our customers.’
The sonar was first integrated with Bluefin's standard payload interface by the Ocean Technology Lab at the University of Victoria in 2012. The team conducted successful demonstrations and survey work in Canadian Arctic and provided valuable feedback to both Bluefin and L-3 Klein regarding system level performance.
Demonstrations to the AUV community will begin spring of 2014.
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