Tracking, communications and relocation transceiver
Engineered for: AUV
The most versatile instrument you can fit to your AUV. Built for simple integration on medium to large AUV platforms, all-in-one functionality comes as standard with AvTrak 6. It allows your AUV to undertake simultaneous LBL ranging, USBL tracking via a surface vessel and robust telemetry for AUV to vessel and AUV-to-AUV communications.
At a glance
Combines tracking, communications, and emergency pinger functionality in one instrument
Track your AUV in USBL mode, localise it in LBL transponder mode
Bi-directional acoustic modem with user selectable data rates; 200-9,000 bps
Integrated outputs enable control of a release, burn-wire or drop-weight functions
Worried about onboard power interruption? AvTrak’s internal battery provides days of emergency vehicle relocation tracking
Choice of hardware configurations to simplify vehicle installation
Add AvTrak, add capability to your AUV
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(L-R) Omni, directional and OEM configurations
All AvTrak 6s are built on our 6G low power platform
Wideband acoustic signals ensure robust performance in all environments
The OEM version provides ultimate flexibility when installing AvTrak in your vehicle
Why AvTrak 6 is perfect for your operations
Whether your operating a resident vehicle over-the-horizon or deploying an AUV for a pipeline inspection, AvTrak 6 is a key enabler for you oilfield and renewable projects
This technology provides amazing flexibility bringing together tracking, navigation aiding and secure battlespace communications into one low logistics payload that's perfect for covert unmanned missions
AvTrak 6 is an excellent choice for your long-endurance ocean observation platforms, with the added ability to communicate and download data from seafloor sensor arrays
AvTrak 6 has been designed to form part of an integrated AUV tracking and navigation system. Built on our 6G hardware platform running secure Wideband 2 spread-spectrum signal processing, AvTrak 6 combines the functions of transponder, transceiver and telemetry link in one low power unit that meets the requirements of a wide variety of AUV mission scenarios and vehicle types.
The unit is fully compatible with our family of survey quality LBL and USBL navigation systems. AvTrak 6 supports Sonardyne Messaging Service (SMS) allowing USBL position fixes to be sent to the vehicle or for status messages to be retrieved from the topside system.
AvTrak 6 is available in a variety of configurations to help meet a range of mission profiles. A popular option is an omni-directional unit with integral or remote transducer options. For operations at depth, an integral directional transducer option is common. AvTrak 6’s flexible configuration is intended both to assist the AUV manufacturer with the mounting of the instrument within the AUV and to ensure the highest levels of acoustic performance. Low-medium frequency (LMF) and high-power (HP) versions of AvTrak 6 are also available.
An AUV equipped with AvTrak 6 can receive navigation updates from any 6G compatible USBL or LBL system, send status updates to multiple 6G instruments including other AUVs and synchronise clocks with other 6G instruments to better than 50 microseconds as standard.
That’s not all, there is an option to include a HPR400 Series tone for compatibility with a variety of other acoustic systems and transponders and another option to enable a RSPSK Modem upgrade for large volume data transfers.
Simple to integrate to your AUV using our rich 6G protocols and command language and RS232 serial interface. Choose from over 600 independent acoustic addresses and work as part of a swarm if required.
Combined transponder, transceiver, and telemetry link in one low power unit
Emergency burn-wire, drop-weight, or release options
Open interfaces and protocols
Supports AUV swarm operations
Depth rated to 3,000 m and 7,000 m
Effective data transfer rates between 200 and 9000 bps
Emergency battery life 30 days
Range precision better than 15 mm
LMF (14-19 kHz) and MF (19-34 kHz)
Different configurations including omni-directional and directional transducers
Integrated depth sensor supports horizontal tracking
Low power and compact for ease of integration
OEM option also available
What’s in the box: AvTrak 6 and manual
Warranty: 1 year return to Sonardyne service centre
AvTrak 6 case studies
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Client: National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and L3Harris ASV
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|Featured||Type 8220-3111||Type 8220-7212|
|Depth Rating||3,000 m||7,000 m|
|Operating Frequency||MF (20–34 kHz)||MF (20–34 kHz)|
|Transducer Beam Shape||Omni-directional||Directional|
|Transmit Source Level (re 1 µPa @ 1 m)||High Power||187 dB||193 dB|
|Low Power||181 dB||187 dB|
|Tone Equivalent Energy (TEE)1 WBv2+||High Power||193 dB||199 dB|
|Low Power||187 dB||193 dB|
|Range Precision||Better than 15 mm||Better than 15 mm|
|Depth Sensor||± 0.5% full scale||± 0.5% full scale|
|Communications Interface||RS232 (9,600–115,200 baud)||RS232 (9,600–115,200 baud)|
|External Supply Voltage||24 or 48 V dc (± 10%)||24 or 48 V dc (± 10%)|
|External Power||Sleep||~650 mW||~650 mW|
|Wideband Listening||~1 W||~1 W|
|Battery Charging||6 W||6 W|
|Peak (During Transmission)||<50 W||<50 W|
|Battery Life (Li-ion 15 V)||Listening||30 days||<50 W|
|Continuous 5 Sec Interrogation||Approx. 6 days at low power||Approx. 6 days at low power|
|Operating Temperature||-5 to 40ºC||-5 to 40ºC|
|Storage Temperature||-20 to 55ºC||-5 to 40ºC|
|Mechanical Construction||Anodised aluminium alloy and plastic||Anodised aluminium alloy and plastic|
|Dimensions (Diameter x Length)||93 x 500 mm||97 x 513 mm|
|Weights in Air/Water2||5.1/2.2 kg||7.0/3.5 kg|
|Options||Remote, cable connected transducer Right-angle connector||Right-angle connector|