Sea Technology

JUN 2017

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Page 35 of 72 June 2017 / st 35 Where's My AUV? Many researchers would be rightfully concerned about sending a piece of equipment worth well more than $100,000 out into the field untethered. And many AUV manufacturers sell their products only with a tether for spe- cific purposes of retrieval if need be. Still, others, such as the i3XO EcoMapper, come with a location identifier, so that the end-user always knows the exact GPS coordinates of the unit. It also comes with a "find my AUV" type of capability to help notify the user of its whereabouts when in mission mode. To help avoid obstacles, AUVs will often come with front-facing sonar, similar to that found in most new auto- mobiles, helping the AUV modify its course should there be an obstruction to the preprogrammed operating mission. Smart and Intuitive As is the case with much of the scientific instrumentation that is on the market today, the instrumentation on board Screenshot from OceanServer's Vec- torMap mission-planning software show- ing a lawnmower-style mission path overlaid onto an image of a saltwater lagoon. Automatically detect ice ridges, icebergs in pack ice, and outline open water leads. ADVANCED ICE ANALYSIS S6 ICE NAVIGATOR ™

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