ASV Global has converted a 7.9-metre hydrographic survey launch for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet to enable it to operate autonomously or in a conventional manned mode.
To be used by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), the vessel has been fitted with the ASView control system as a test platform for unmanned survey work.
ASV Global said the ASView technology enables the launch to follow planned missions as a standalone survey launch controlled from the shore or as a force multiplier controlled from another vessel.
Installed and tested over five weeks, ASView connects with the launch’s engine, steering and navigation systems to enable autonomous operation. The launch is connected to a remote station via a suite of IP radios enabling real-time monitoring of the survey acquisition data and vessel parameters.
The launch is equipped with an advanced collision avoidance system using radar, five cameras and AIS to ensure its safe operation.
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