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Silicon Sensing’s DMU30 for MAS 400

22nd February 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Silicon Sensing Systems’ DMU30 inertial measurement unit (IMU) will equip the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS 400), the company announced on 20 February.

The DMU30 IMU will provide accurate ship attitude data to the autopilot that navigates the MAS 400.

The MAS 400 project is building an autonomous vessel capable of conducting remote scientific research. The vessel’s first sailing, unmanned, across the Atlantic, has been scheduled for 2020. It will then travel on around the globe.

DMU30 is a high performance micro-electro mechanical system designed for use in motion sensing applications.

Silicon Sensing has already delivered the system for trials of the MAS 400 vessel.

Steve Capers, general manager, Silicon Sensing Systems, said: ‘As the unmanned market develops, and with unmanned platforms, whether land, sea or air, being typically smaller than their manned counterparts, we anticipate a need to maintain, and exceed, the performance of manned platforms - but in less space and with less available power.

'This is where our DMU30 IMU comes into its own, matching the performance usually only delivered by FOG-based technology in a unit that consumes little power, is small, lightweight and low cost.’

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