Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus has ordered an ASV C-Enduro.
The C-Enduro Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) will be used for research in persistent and long-term autonomy with multiple remote and autonomous marine platforms. The vehicle's primary application will be as a moving navigation and communication platform for AUV's.
Professor David Lane of Heriot-Watt said: "The vehicle will be available to students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems as a research facility.
"The facility will train upward of 65 Innovation-Ready PhD students in aspects of robot interaction, starting in the autumn of 2014," he said.
The research involving C-Enduro forms part of the ROBOTARIUM national UK facility for research into the interactions among robots, environments, people, and autonomous systems. This initiative is run by EDU-RAS (The Edinburgh Alliance in Robots and Autonomous Systems) and involves both Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
The ASV C-Enduro was selected during a competitive tendering process which was first advertised in November 2013.
Differing from previous variations of the C-Enduro built by ASV, this lighter model will be battery-powered only.
The standard C-Enduro centers on a three-pillar power structure of solar power, a wind turbine, and a diesel generator to maximize its sea endurance.
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