CSA Expands Remote Investigation Capabilities with Long Range ASV
CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA), a US-based marine environmental consultancy, has revealed details of the company’s latest autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) acquisition, an SR-Endurance 11.0 (SeaRobotics). The heavy payload ASV, which has already been deployed to work on several survey projects in the northeastern United States, is capable of autonomous missions of up to 60 days, powered by hybrid diesel-electric propulsion. and supported by an advanced communication system.
The SR-Endurance 11.0’s sophisticated sensor suite is designed for coastal marine surveys, metoceanic surveys and passive acoustic monitoring, while its open deck payload (900 kg fully powered) is ideal for launch and recovery from an auxiliary asset, such as a compact ASV or ROV. Among other applications, the unit can be used as a platform for testing and evaluating sensors, and as a position and data relay to submerged assets, such as an AUV or a seabed node.
Advances in control systems and sensor technology
This is the latest in a series of ASV acquisitions by THAT’S IT. Over the past few years, the company has made a number of significant investments in stand-alone systems designed to deliver operational efficiencies and extend the reach of remote marine surveys. ASC’s expanding fleet includes several SR-Surveyor M1.8 (SeaRobotics) – a rapidly deployable ASV equipped with a multibeam echosounder and lidar system – and several larger utility class ASVs.
“ASVs are quickly becoming the tools of choice for marine surveys due to their utility, efficiency and reduced carbon footprint,” said CSA CEO Kevin Peterson. “As advancements in control systems and sensor technology propel us to an inflection point for remote marine operations, our goal at CSA is to ensure that the benefits of deploying unequipped and highly intelligent systems like SR-Surveyor 11.0 translates into continued efficiency for our customers. in the offshore energy, telecommunications, infrastructure, science and defense markets around the world. ”
When not in service, the SR-Surveyor 11.0 will be available for hire and parked at the ASC North East Regional Office, a new waterfront location at Prime Marina in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.