ABERDEEN, UK --Tritech International has launched a new seabed imaging sonar called StarFish. It is the smallest towish of its type on the market, and it produces near photo quality images of the seabed, according to Tritech.
Since the first seabed imaging sonars were developed, Tritech says, manufacturers have predominantly focused on a cylindrical or torpedo-shaped towfish body. Tritech has created a new tow body as an alternative to the old concepts. It provides several advantages, according to the company. One advantage is its compact design and unique shape, which dramatically improve the stability of the sonar and the quality of the seabed images.
Small, lightweight and tough StarFish can be easily deployed and operated by one person from the smallest vessels, Tritech says. It connects to a PC or laptop via a USB port.
StarFish incorporates the latest, digital CHIRP technology, according to Tritech. This ensures optimum range resolution, producing detailed pictures of features on the seabed over an area up to 200 m (656 ft) wide.
"StarFish is the world's first low cost, digital CHIRP sonar for every marine market," says Richard Marsh, managing director. "Its unique design and advanced hardware and software offer unprecedented value for money."