Unmanned Surface Vehicles

The marine equivalent of flying drones have been around for a number of years and their numbers are starting to add up. Although these are still not as prevalent as their airbourne cousins, all the indications are that Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) are here to stay. From small vessels used to automatically inspect waterways and lakes to autonomous ships carrying cargo, it is certain that in the future, many sailors will be working from a home office.

The right tools for the job

Traditional tools used to control air systems, like radios and satellites can also be used by USVs. But when exploring the subsea domain, other solutions are necessary as electromagnetic waves dissipate quickly in water. This is where our acoustic, inertial and optical solutions have a role to play. Used to image the seafloor or to communicate and position systems relative to underwater equipment, we’re helping vehicle designers, owners and operators extract more value from their USVs. Either by allowing them to carry out tasks traditionally done by manned vessels in construction support or military missions, or by enabling them to explore and navigate more effectively in shallow, congested waters.