Space Florida and Lockheed Martin have signed an agreement to advance the testing and production of a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as Marlin. Lockheed Martin made the announcement on 16 November 2011.
According to the company, Lockheed Martin will outfit the Marlin systems with sophisticated sensors and imaging equipment to conduct commercial underwater inspections. The systems are well suited for use in the oil and gas industry as a safe and cost-effective way to inspect underwater infrastructure and pipelines, especially after severe weather such as hurricanes. The Marlins will also be built at Lockheed Martin’s Palm Beach facility, and tested and demonstrated in open waters off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Space Florida is investing in Lockheed Martin’s technology to allow for further refinement and marketing of the AUV prior to commercial production, the company said.