SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) recently announced the successful completion of its factory acceptance testing of its new entry into the Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Workboat market with the SR-Endurance 7.0 meter system. The system is optimized for sonar research through the utilization of an optionally manned helm configuration and a serial diesel electric propulsion system. Outfitted with an instrumented launch and recovery system (LARS), and supporting hydrographic winch system, the SR-ENDURANCE 7.0 is capable of deploying towed sonar/instrument systems, dipping sonar/systems, or ROV systems.
“Having built numerous ASVs in the 6-11 meter range, we are now offering a commercial workboat for the research and survey markets,” said Geoff Douglass, SeaRobotics ASV development manager. “In many operational scenarios the advantages derived from a variable depth sensor such as a multi-beam or side scan sonar, sub bottom profiler, or magnetometer, as well as the surface motion mitigation, make towed systems valuable in autonomous operations.” www.searobotics.com