Marine Advanced Robotics to deliver MARV II
Marine Advanced Robotics is set to deliver the next generation Multifunctional Assessment Reconnaissance Vessel II (MARV II) to the US Army’s Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, the company announced on 22 February.
The MARV II will be comprised of an 8ft WAM-V autonomous survey vessel as well as a full sensor suite. Requirements include terrestrial LIDAR and underwater sonar sensors that will be used for inspection of piers and wharfs to identify structural integrity.
The 8ft WAM-V will feature dual jet-drive propulsion to enable operation in as little as six-inch of water and a configurable form factor that allows it to fit in constraint spaces such as between the pilings beneath a pier. The integrated control system enables either autonomous or remote-control operation.
The system will be delivered for pier reconnaissance under the PIER JCTD, which is sponsored by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for emerging capability and prototyping. The MARV II represents a multi-agency initiative to develop and demonstrate a full suite of port repair technologies. By utilising both off-the-shelf and transformative technologies, this initiative will ensure infrastructure assessment and repair can be accomplished anywhere in the world.
The prototype is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2019 for comprehensive field testing.
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