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Aquabotix launches hybrid AUV/ROV

By  OE Staff Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:16

Sydney, Australia-based UUV Aquabotix has launched a second-generation hybrid underwater vehicle, the Integra autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle).

Single-person deployable, portable and battery-powered, the Integra AUV/ROV allows users to conduct multiple underwater missions, while offering an alternative to deploying separate AUVs and ROVs for individual tasks. 

The Integra AUV/ROV, available for 100 and 300m water depth, can be configured with multiple sensors and maneuvered by an intuitive platform from any web-enabled device.

The vehicle can search wide areas using AUV mode (untethered) while conducting detailed inspections using ROV mode (tethered). Users can easily switch from AUV mode to ROV mode by attaching the tether to remotely control the vehicle’s six degrees of freedom of motion. When running the vehicle in autonomous operation, all mission planning is completed in a Windows-based application. 

Integra has five high-torque motors, can support live remote control and data sharing, and has a configurable sensor suite (including side scan sonar, multibeam sonar, scanning sonar, DVL, USBL, INS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and environmental sensors).

The sensor package includes depth, temperature, orientation and GPS. It has a 1080p true high-definition camera with pan and tilt, 5lb of payload capability, up to eight hours battery life, and high intensity LED lighting (4400 Lumens).

“In utilising our hybrid digital platform, users no longer need two vehicles to explore and conduct tasks underwater. Now, they can activate AUV mode for broad range searches, while switching to ROV capabilities for more in-depth analysis of underwater conditions,” said Durval Tavares, Chief Technology Officer of Aquabotix. 

Aquabotix recently announced its new Live Remove Control product feature, which customers can use to pilot underwater vehicles, store, analyse and share data, from any web browser-enabled device, remotely, from anywhere in the world. Aquabotix’s entire family of products, including the Integra, are now equipped with this class leading functionality.

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