General Dynamics Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Detects Threats to Ship Hulls and Structures
"Inspecting ship hulls and other underwater surfaces can be a manpower- and cost-intensive part of a ship's observation and maintenance," said
Matt Graziano, director of Autonomous Undersea Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. "This H-AUV also reduces the risk to divers when inspecting potential threats attached to a ship's hull or other structure."
The Bluefin Robotics H-AUV operates autonomously and navigates along a hull, bridges or piers. High-resolution images are streamed, recorded and stored by the H-AUV for shipboard or shore-based operators to observe in real time, or study once the scan is complete. The H-AUV can also conduct undersea observation for port and harbor security, underwater law enforcement investigations, archeological and academic research.
General Dynamics Mission Systems develops, builds and operates a portfolio of Bluefin Robotics Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and related technologies for defense, commercial and academic customers worldwide.
General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of
Editor's note: Photographs of the Bluefin Robotics H-AUV and images of a ship's hull taken by the H-AUV are available by selecting the "Gallery" tab on the H-AUV webpage: http://www.bluefinrobotics.com/vehicles-batteries-and-services/hauv