Stuart, Fla., based unmanned marine systems developer SeaRobotics Corporation has been awarded developer a contract award to supply multiple SR-Surveyor M1.8 autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).
The contract is part of the Department of the Navy’s advanced autonomy research program.
SeaRobotics describes the SR-Surveyor M1.8 as “a tightly integrated, 1.8-meter long ASV designed to streamline logistics and optimize data acquisition in shallow and hard-to-navigate waters.”
The platform is designed to be versatile and rapidly deployable for users that require high quality, reliable data capture in remote and restricted waters.
SeaRobotics has optimized the platform for multi-vehicle collaborative behavior development to provide an innovative and cost-effective system for various research activities.
“While we have developed a number of unmanned systems for marine defense application in the past, this is the first truly man-portable asset for multi-vehicle deployment,” said SeaRobotics president Don Darling. “This contract award supports the continued commitment to the advancement of autonomy research for naval operations and we are excited that the SR-Surveyor M1.8 will play an instrumental role.”
The first SR-Surveyor M1.8 is scheduled for delivery in fourth quarter 2020, with staged deliveries bi-weekly to follow and scheduled to be completed in early first quarter 2021.