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C-Enduro long endurance USV begins sea trials

8th January 2014 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The C-Enduro long endurance marine unmanned surface vehicle (LEMUSV) under development by ASV has begun sea trials in Portchester, UK. The two day trials saw the USV operate autonomously and follow various courses set out by ASV’s control system.

The trials were attended by representatives of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Royal Navy personnel.

The USV has been designed for oceanographic data collection, with applications in marine environmental surveying, security and defence. It can operate in coastal or open ocean weather conditions.

The vehicle’s power structure enables an endurance of up to three months; and the vehicle can support up to 500 watts of payload power. It utilises a ‘three pillar’ energy system of solar panels, a wind generator and a lightweight diesel generator to provide a ‘flexible and fault tolerant’ energy supply solution.

According to ASV, tests show that this approach, combined with efficient power management and command and control systems packaged in a rugged self-righting vehicle, provides the greatest likelihood of meeting the performance requirements.

C-Enduro is being developed under the UK Government-backed Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). ASV leads a team of industry partners, including Hyperdrive and Cranfield University.

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