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AUV NEWS: Bluefin to demo Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Posted on 15.05.2007 - 11:00 EDT in AUV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Bluefin to demo Hovering Autonomous Underwater VehicleBluefin Robotics says it will demonstrate its Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) as a way to detect explosives attached to a ship's hull.

The demonstration, for the U.S. Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization System (EOD HULS) program, will be done under a $161,677 contract awarded last month.

The prototype HUAV was developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and offers autonomous operations for rapid and close-range hull inspection with little or no intervention from a human, the company says.

"Bluefin is very pleased that our Navy has recognized the HUAV's existing capabilities and future potential with the award of this contract," says Scott Willcox, the company's chief technology officer. "We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Navy to deliver this important new tool to Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Coast Guard operators."

The HUAV is equipped with a Doppler Velocity Log, Inertial Measurement Unit, compass, Global Positioning System and a high-resolution DIDSON imaging sonar. Its lithium-polymer battery gives more than three hours of operation.

The demo is scheduled for August at the SPAWAR Systems Center in San Diego.

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