FAREHAM, UK – Saab Seaeye has completed successful testing of the Seaeye Sabertooth AUV in its underwater test center at Lake Vättern, Sweden, and has made the technology available. The AUV is a 4D geo-spatial data acquisition system with real-time visualization.
For the demonstration the Sabertooth was equipped with a sensor suite including side scan sonar, sub-bottom profilers, high-frequency imaging sonar, multi-beam echo sounder and cameras, along with GPS, DVL and inertial measurement unit.
The testing involved a range of autonomous missions in the lake including seabed survey, structure inspection, obstacle avoidance, and a docking maneuver into an underwater docking station.
The development unifies the QINSy and Fledermaus systems developed by Saab QPS into a single enhanced option for the Sabertooth. Operators get a complete hydrographic data acquisition, navigation and processing software package that is fully integrated into the Sabertooth.
Fledermaus analyses and provides 4D visualization of the acquired data, such as synchronized video, water column analysis, multi-beam sonars, and pipe detection sensors.