(November 10, 2003 – E. Falmouth, MA) Hydroid Inc. announced today that it has recently received an order from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a custom REMUS AUV system. The system that Hydroid will deliver will be a turn-key system based on the highly successful REMUS, with additional sensors added to meet NOAA’s requirements. Aside from the standard sensors, the REMUS vehicle will be modified to include a Marine Sonics 300 kHz side scan sonar and a SeaBird SBE-49 Conductivity Temperature and Depth (CTD) sensor.
Commenting on the recent contract, Kevin McCarthy, Hydroid’s vice president of marketing, stated that “Hydroid is pleased to be working with NOAA to support them in their survey operations. This is a key contract for Hydroid and demonstrates the flexibility of the REMUS AUV and the range of missions that can be performed using the system.” Hydroid plans on shipping the system early in 2004.
"NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations and the National Ocean Service’s Office of Coast Survey will use the REMUS vehicle as a test and evaluation platform to assess the application of AUV technology to hydrographic surveying,” said Captain Roger Parsons, NOAA Corps, who is director of the Office of Coast Survey. “The Coast Survey Development Laboratory is planning a test program for the 2004 field season that will assess REMUS' ability to meet the International Hydrographic Organization’s navigation and depth-sounding standards and conduct sound velocity profiling in support of multibeam echosounder surveys from surface vessels. The results of NOAA’s testing program will guide the development of requirements and specifications for the use of AUV technology in supporting future hydrographic surveys.”
Hydroid Inc. holds the exclusive license from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the manufacture and further development of the REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology.
For further information contact Kevin McCarthy, Vice President of Marketing at Hydroid at Tel 508-563-6565, e-mail [email protected].
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