AUVs, UUVs, and ASVs provide stable platforms for repeatable site observation and data collection. The station keeping and long duration observation capabilities of unmanned systems allow for increased coverage often at significantly lower reduced operating costs than manned missions. With a total length of less than 2 feet and a typical power consumption of 18W, the 3DSS™ is ideal for many ASV and AUV applications where size and power consumption are concerning factors. The 3DSS™-DX-450-AUV module was developed specifically for AUV and UUV applications with ease of integration in mind. Ping DSP recently delivered the first two transducers rated to 4000m to the Virginia DEEP-X team competing in the Shell Ocean Discovery X-Prize. This capability allows integration of the 3DSS™ on vehicles operating beyond littoral zones and continental shelves.
The 3DSS has been successfully integrated on a range of ASV and AUV platforms for clients requiring accurate wide-swath bathymetry and imagery. This video, courtesy of DRDC Canada, shows a time-synchronous demonstration of the 3DSS mounted on-board a USV2600 vehicle. The 3DSS underwent testing in February of 2016 to demonstrate its utility during Mine Countermeasure Mission (MCM) trials.
Unmanned and autonomous vehicles provide stable platforms for repeatable site observation and data collection. L3 OceanServer currently operates IVER-3 submersibles with 3DSS OEM packages for hydrographic and imaging applications.
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