HOUSTON – Tesla Offshore LLC has purchased a Bluefin-21 AUV from Bluefin Robotics.
The Bluefin-21 is a modular system that can carry multiple sensors in a single payload to depths of 4,500 m (14,760 ft). The AUV’s sensor suite has been chosen to exceed the data quality and resolution requirements of today’s deepwater survey markets, said Tesla.
These include a broadband multi-beam echosounder, a chirp sub-bottom profiler, and a very high definition digital camera. In addition, Tesla said, this will be the first AUV in the industry with fully integrated synthetic aperture sonar by Raytheon Applied Signal Technology. The PROSAS Surveyor is expected to provide a decimetric imaging resolution across swath ranges up to 450 m (1,476 ft) per side, which in turn can lead to increased survey efficiency at depth.