iRobot introduces enhanced Seaglider UUV
- New Design Allows for Increased Payload Capabilities
"Seaglider has proven to be an extremely valuable tool for government agencies and the oceanographic community," said David Heinz, vice president of Maritime Systems at iRobot. "Researchers have expressed a need for more sensing capabilities on Seaglider, so that it can be used in a wider range of missions. This new configuration has allowed new sensors to be integrated with Seaglider, opening the door to future development efforts and potential new markets."
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Seaglider has five sensor payload ports that facilitate a range of capabilities. Recent development efforts have resulted in new sensor offerings for Seaglider, including a pumped sensor that measures conductivity, temperature and pressure with an optional pumped dissolved oxygen sensor. The integration of a radiation sensor, an echo sounder and a current profiler with Seaglider are also in development.
A long-range, high endurance UUV, Seaglider operates at water depths between 20 meters (approximately 65 feet) and 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). Seaglider is the first UUV to complete a mission lasting longer than nine months without needing to replace its battery and the first to complete a mission of more than 3,800 kilometers (approximately 2,360 miles).
Source : iRobot Corporation (Nasdaq: IRBT)