One of ecoSUB's recent customers have installed a transit and launch facility in their Hydrogen fuel cell powered XLAUV for multiple ecoSUBu5 micro-AUVs. At 4kg and maintaining a cylinder rule, the ecoSUBu5 is ideal for autonomous launch systems such as this. The ecoSUBu5 has previously been launched by uncrewed surface vehicles and fixed winged aerial drones, so launch by a mother-ship AUV completes Air, Surface and Underwater autonomous deployment - a first for an AUV system.
Launch of the ecoSUBu5 happened on 15 July 2022 as part of a demonstrator mission, where the micro-AUV transited to the surface and sent a status message to the users command and control center.
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