Teledyne Gavia, manufacturer of the Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), has released a new Sidescan/Bathymetry module that incorporates Klein Marine Systems’ new UUV-3500 high-resolution side scan sonar with optional bathymetry sonar.
The system is an option to utilize the Gavia AUV for geophysical survey, cable and pipeline survey, environmental survey, and under ice survey, as well as Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA), and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) surveys.
Equipping the Gavia AUV with the new module allows users to have both side scan and swath bathymetry from a single module.
The first delivery of the Klein UUV 3500 Module will occur in Q1 of 2017 and is integrated with the SeeByte Autotracker software for autonomous pipeline tracking.
“The Gavia AUV’s accurate navigation capability combined with the long range, wide swath data provided by the Klein UUV-3500, make this a highly efficient solution for a variety of commercial, military, and scientific applications. Geophysical surveys can also be conducted by adding the swath bathymetry option, Teledyne Benthos sub-bottom profiler module, and environmental sensors” commented Arnar Steingrimsson, global head of sales – AUVs at Teledyne Marine.
In addition to the release of the Klein sonar module, Teledyne Gavia has recently released three other upgrades to its vehicle.
The upgraded Gavia battery module has more than a twenty percent increase in capacity thanks to a partnership with Teledyne Energy Systems. In addition, a power management system was developed by Teledyne Gavia to optimize the performance of the batteries.
Furthermore, a new and improved nozzle actuator has also been released. According to the company, the new nozzle increases the volume of compensation to better deal with deep water operations and temperature variations.