PORTSMOUTH, UK–Heriot-Watt University’s campus in Edinburgh, UK, has ordered an ASV C-Enduro unmanned surface vehicle to be used for research in persistent and long-term autonomy with multiple remote and autonomous marine platforms. The vehicle’s primary application will be as a moving navigation and communication platform for AUVs.
Heriot-Watt Professor David Lane said, “The vehicle will be available to students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems as a research facility. The facility will train upward of 65 innovation-ready PhD students in aspects of robot interaction, starting in the autumn of 2014.”
The ASV C-Enduro was selected during a competitive tendering process, and this lighter model will be battery powered only. The standard C-Enduro centers on a three-pillar power structure of solar power, a wind turbine, and a diesel generator to maximize its sea endurance.
Formed in 1998, ASV provides unmanned marine systems using the latest advances in autonomous technology. Based near Portsmouth in the UK, ASV serves international military and security, oil and gas, and science and survey industries.