Bluefin Robotics, makers of AUV’s (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) was recently awarded a $30 million contract for HULS ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization Systems) by The Naval Surface Warfare Center.
David Kelly, president of Bluefin Robotics stated,
We are looking forward to the opportunity to leverage the work done on the HAUV and under our other underwater systems programs for this important U.S. Navy requirement,
Shown here is Bluefin Robotics’s HAUV 2 person portable hull inspection robot. The company will produce a version of this robot that has a manipulator arm for removing objects like mines or bombs. The current version of HAUV weighs 174 pounds and using a lithium polymer battery pack, can last for 3 1/2 hours at a time with a standard payload and no current in the water.
HAUV also has a fiber optic Ethernet tether for real time communications and imaging sonar. The battery pack and 4 gig memory card are easily swappable to keep the missions going when out in the field.