L3, Sonardyne introduce 6G-enabled AUVs
L3 Technologies, together with Sonardyne, will offer 6G-enabled capability across its commercial autonomous vessel product range, the company announced on 26 March.
L3’s C-Stat 2 and C-Cat 3 autonomous vessels will be offered fitted with Sonardyne’s 6G range of Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking and communications systems.
The C-Stat 2, equipped with Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Gyro USBL model, will support operators needing to position underwater assets with high levels of precision. The platform will enable a range of tasks, such as touchdown monitoring, seismic cable lay operations, Compatt 6 Long BaseLine (LBL) array box-in and remote LBL baseline calibration, vehicle tracking and subsea sensor data collecting.
The C-Cat 3, equipped with Mini-Ranger 2, will be able to operate as a gateway for AUV operations, enabling tracking and communications with up to ten AUVs at the same time.
Ioseba Tena, global business manager – marine robotic systems, Sonardyne, said: ‘Now L3’s customers will be able to access Sonardyne’s versatile 6G acoustic positioning, communication and sensing technology on proven commercial autonomous vessel platforms.
‘Combining these capabilities means customers have access to vessels that can perform more remote and autonomous marine operations; including tracking multiple AUVs and real-time data harvesting in hard to access environments across defence, offshore and ocean science sectors.’
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