Dive Technologies, Inc., a Boston-based subsea robotics designer and manufacturer, announced today participation in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) demonstration event with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.
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Dive Technologies Commercial Large Displacement AUV in Narraganset Bay. (Photo Credit: NUWC Newport)
The opportunity to demonstrate two new technologies to the United States Navy marked a major development milestone for Dive Technologies. Over a period of five days, specific demonstrations related to subsea navigational accuracy (Sonardyne SPRINT-Nav X) and sonar data collection and processing (Kraken AquaPix® MINSAS 120) were successfully showcased.
Participants in a NUWC pier-side demonstration included various engineers, program managers, and resource sponsors. At-sea test days produced navigational data that proved Dive Technologies was two times more accurate than the commercial market leader. These results were said to never have been demonstrated before on a commercial Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Similarly, the sonar data collection results produced exceptionally clear, crisp data, which was processed in real-time onboard the AUV and allowed the team to locate and identify a variety of objects of interest in the test area.
“We were absolutely honored to be given the opportunity to participate and demonstrate our vehicle’s capabilities and we appreciate the partnership with NUWC-Newport,” says Bill Lebo, Co-Founder and CEO at Dive Technologies. “Our AUV was mission-ready from pier side demo to sea testing. It’s unheard of that calibration free, out-of-the-box navigational accuracy of <0.01% of total distance traveled or 0.02% of distance from origin was achieved. This is a testament to our team and the engineering rigor that went into delivering our commercial AUV to the market.”
This news comes in the wake of many recent accomplishments for Dive Technologies including:
- Successful completion of sea trials with Kraken Robotics AquaPix® MINSAS
- Strategic Partnership with Metron to offer fully autonomous seabed surveys
- Partnership with Virginia Tech to develop the next-generation of AUV
About Dive Technologies: Founded in 2018, Dive Technologies designs, develops, and deploys premier autonomous underwater vehicles for large-scale commercial and defense data collection. Utilizing deep domain expertise, Dive Technologies is building highly scalable and flexible, fastest to the sea, and best-in-class AUV platforms that combine purpose-driven technology with an intuitive architecture to help customers rapidly and efficiently collect subsea data. For more information, please visit www.divetechnologies.com.