Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle, the Hugin Endurance AUV
With an operational endurance of approximately 15 days, the Hugin Endurance can map up to 1,100 km2 in a single mission.
“This kind of endurance enables the Hugin Endurance to undertake extensive missions without the support of a mother ship,” said the company. “Shore-to-shore operations offer the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint associated with survey activity.”
Kongsberg has added its Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) communications system to the Hugin Endurance’s payload, allowing it to surface and share large quantities of data swiftly with any suitably equipped installation, such as a vessel, shore station or an offshore wind turbine or other offshore platform fitted with an MBR antenna.
Hugin Endurance can be equipped with a wide range of sensors including high-resolution Kongsberg HiSAS synthetic aperture sonar, a wide swath multibeam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler and magnetometer, together with other sensors to measure currents and turbidity.