Crafty engineering and high-end bespoke sensors have produced an underwater vehicle with an efficient, capable and robust design.
Jesse Rodocker, President at Strategic Robotic Systems, which developed Fusion, emphasizes the importance of Nortek’s innovations in Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) in making this possible.
“Both the electronics and transducers are smaller and have a better form factor for the Fusion underwater vehicle. The higher frequency for increased accuracy is of huge value for aiding the Fusion’s automated control and navigation system. The added dedicated altimeter provides more accurate altitude directly below the Fusion for better terrain following.”
Nortek’s 1 MHz DVL has a bottom track that ranges from 20 cm to 75 m, and its housing is available with a 4000 m pressure rating. Even when offering this capacity, it is the industry’s smallest DVL, and is easy to integrate and operate.
The Fusion combines AUV, ROV and diver navigation and propulsion into just one system.