Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, REMUS 600
REMUS 600 - the most versatile member of Hydroid's growing family of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - AUVs!
REMUS 600 features
GO DEEPER - The REMUS 600 has been designed to operate to depths of 600 meters, allowing for greatly increased operational scope. The highly versatile system can also be configured for 1500 meter operations.
GO FURTHER - The REMUS 600 delivers unprecedented endurance, with mission duration capability of up to 24 hours. Upon mission completion, simply recharge the internal battery, or swap out the battery section. (Endurance is subject to speed and sensor configuration).
FULLY MODULAR - The REMUS 600 has been designed with modularity in mind. The vehicle can be easily reconfigured for a wide variety of customer configured payloads. The vehicle is comprised of a series of hull sections that are quickly separated for vehicle reconfiguration, maintenance, and/or shipping.
INCREASED PAYLOAD - The REMUS 600 has been designed to be an autonomous workhorse. Its increased size and energy capacity enable it to carry large, power-hungry payloads to meet your increasing mission demands.
EASE OF OPERATION - The REMUS 600 incorporates the same proven Vehicle Interface Program (VIP) used in the complete family of REMUS vehicles. The highly refined VIP makes vehicle maintenance, checkout, mission planning, and data analysis fast and easy. Windows operation, quick look indicators, quality control checks, and a sophisticated data export capability all add to the user friendly nature of this software package.
PROVEN REMUS TECHNOLOGY - The REMUS 600 is based on the same leading edge technology that has brought the REMUS 100 to the forefront of autonomous operations.
Marine Research Applications:
- Emergency Response
- Fisheries Research & Habitat Mapping
- Climate Change
- Ocean Observatories
- Under Ice
- Water Quality
- Ecosystem Assessment
- Marine Archaeology
- Deep Sea Ecology / Seabed Investigation
- Emergency Responce
- Water Quality
- Ecosystems Assessment
- Route Survey
- EEZ Survey
- Pre / Post Dredging Survey
- Asset Location
- Marine Archaeology
- Area Search
- Organic Mine Countermeasures
- Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures
- Hydrographic Survey
- Surveillance & Reconnaissance
Specifications REMUS 600 - Autonomous underwater vehicle
- Vehicle diameter : 32.4 cm (12.75 in); diameter varies depending upon module (for 600 m depth configuration).
- Vehicle length : Min length ~2.7 m (~9 ft) Max length ~5.5 m (~18 ft); length varies depending upon module configuration.
- Weight in air : Min weight ~220 kg (~500 lbs) Max weight ~385 kg (~850 lbs); weight varies depending upon module configuration.
- Maximum operating depth : 600 m (1500 m configurations available).
- Power : 5.4 kWh rechargeable Lithium ion battery. (Second 5.4 kWh battery tray is optional). Exchangeable battery option available.
- Endurance : Typical mission endurance is up to 24 hours in standard configuration. Subject to speed, battery and sensor configurations.
- Propulsion : Direct drive DC brushless motor to an open two bladed propeller.
- Velocity range : Up to 2.3 m/s (4.5 knots) variable over range.
- Control : 3 independent control fins providing yaw, pitch and roll control. Altitude, depth, yo-yo and track-line following provided. Optional forward fins available for heading control during bottom tracking with a cross current.
- External hook-up : Two connectors, one for shore power and one for shore data. Alternatively, 802.11G wireless network (Wi-Fi) provided via dorsal fin antenna.
- Casualty circuits : Ground fault, housing leak detection and all sensors and systems have operational go / no-go fault indicators.
- Navigation methods : Inertial, Long Baseline (LBL) Acoustic, SBAS enabled GPS, Ultra Short Baseline Acoustic and Acoustic Transponder.
- Communication : Acoustic modem, Iridium modem, Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz, 100 Base-T Ethernet (standard), 1000 Base-T Ethernet (optional).
- Software : REMUS Vehicle Interface Program (VIP), GUI-based laptop interface for programming, training, documentation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
Auxiliary Support Equipment / Vehicle Safety Features
All HYDROID AUVs have core systems designed to monitor the status and operation of essential components. Health monitoring includes batteries, motors, sensors and communications as well as conditions such as depth or water ingress. If an abnormality is detected, then an alarm is raised. During supervised missions this will be transmitted to the operator enabling them to decide if the vehicle should return from its mission. When the vehicle is operating autonomously, the response to an alarm is determined by the preselected response listed in the mission plan. This could include an emergency abort to preserve vehicle security.
Communication and Tracking
Operators can monitor the AUV's progress and status via an acoustic link. This also enables amendments to the mission plan to be sent to the vehicle along with position updates if required. The HiPAP (KONGSBERG acoustic underwater positioning and navigation system) or Ranger positioning systems provide acoustic aiding to the on-board IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and DVL (Doppler Velocity Log) equipment to make the real-time position solution as accurate as possible. Some HYDROID AUVs also transmit real-time side-scan and bathymetry data back to the operator acoustically. This data is displayed on the payload computer screen to give the operations team confidence that the mission is progressing as planned and there are no gaps in the data. When the AUVs are on the surface, they can communicate via Wi-Fi or radio with the operator. They are also equipped with GPS receivers to update the IMU position with the most accurate information available.
To assist with emergency localisation and recovery operations, the AUVs can be equipped with emergency radio beacons, strobe lights and satellite communications. In the event of an emergency ascent, the position and status of the vehicle can be sent via the Iridium network to the operators and home base simplifying post-emergency localisation. If two-way satellite communication is enabled, a revised mission plan can be sent to the vehicle from anywhere in the world.