Using a REMUS AUV for Harbor Security, Hull inspections and Underwater Archaeology.
|Extra long REMUS-100 Hull & Harbor Vehicle outfitted with an Imagenex Scanning Head Altimeter, Imagenex Delta T Sonar Head and forward and aft tunnel thrusters for station keeping stability.
Mike Purcell, Roger Stokey
A third project I am team leader for is our Hull
and Harbor Inspection vehicle. Integrating
new model sensors like scanning altimeters, cameras, tunnel thrusters,
etc. require drawing modifications that
I occasionally make in high pressured situations and, therefore, also require
me to make creative hardware changes. I
most recently had to rebuild this entire vehicle over a one week operation at
AUVFEST. I had to troubleshoot multiple
leaks, multiple dead sensors (ADCP, Inertial Navigation System), failed
thrusters, shorted circuit boards, communication issues, just to name a
few. As you can imagine, it takes expert
knowledge and strong determination to successfully accomplish these types of
detail-oriented vehicle repairs. The HH
vehicle is planned for future operations and I am working towards making
several vehicle enhancements including the addition of a dual frequency sidescan
sonar, upgrading endcap wiring, analyzing sensor performance and overseeing the
fine-tuning of this vehicle. I expect the Hull
and Harbor vehicle to continue its development as a hull inspection and underwater
archaeology tool through the summer and beyond.