Last week Iain travelled to Portugal to join up with the Royal Navy to deploy their ecoSUBm5-Power+ Scout AUV, featuring a brand new Nortek Nucleus DVL-1000, Power+ module for extended endurance and 1200kHz side scan sonar system from Marine Sonic Technology. The AUV was also equipped with sensors for conductivity, temperature and fluorometer for Chlorophyll-a, a nano-modem for underwater communications and an independent pinger system.
REPMUS is a NATO exercise featuring robotic systems being operated underwater, on the surface and in the air. The Royal Navy's Project HECLA team took a range of autonomous systems to operate within the program. The ecoSUB AUV missions were relatively limited due to a lack of support boats during the window of operations, but great to see it complete a couple of small, but perfectly executed missions, with the new Nortek DVL providing an excellent aide to navigation.
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