US-based SeaRobotics has launched a new autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) after completing factory acceptance testing.
The seven-metre SR-Endurance 7.0 is optimised for sonar research through the use of towed sonar/instrument systems, dipping sonar systems, or remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems.
The ASV has an optionally manned helm configuration, a large deck area for mission reconfigurable payloads of various types, a serial diesel electric propulsion system, an endurance of six days at survey speed, and a battery endurance of 10 hours.
The optionally manned helm enables manned operation in congested waterways and for ramp operations when required. With the flip of a switch, semi-autonomous operations, remote piloting, and direct remote-control functionality are provided.
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