Heriot-Watt orders ASV C-Enduro

July 11, 2014

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.

Read more:

ASV's unmanned C-Worker completes DW trials in GoM, 3 June 2014

Surface unmanned vehicle launched, 18 February 2014

NERC's oil & gas CDT to open in Aberdeen, 23 January 2014

Marine vehicle design wins award, 1 August 2013



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