REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Argeo has purchased two SeaRaptor 6,000 m (19,685 ft)-rated AUVs from Teledyne Gavia.
The SeaRaptor 6000 AUVs will be equipped with the latest Kraken MinSAS 120 synthetic aperture sonar, which provides large swath area coverage and high-resolution imagery and bathymetry data collection. The vehicles will also be fitted with Teledyne RESON T50-S multi-beam dual frequency 200/400 kHz echo sounders, Teledyne Benthos Chirp III sub bottom profilers, iXblue PHINS 6000 INSs coupled to Teledyne RDI Tasman DVLs, and CathX Hunter camera systems.
All data collected will be processed onboard using Teledyne CARIS OnBoard postprocessing and mosaicking software to allow quick turnaround during missions. The AUVs are also fitted with a large variety of scientific sensors from RBR which will take conductivity, temperature, pressure, turbidity, pH, dissolved oxygen, redox, CH4 and magnetic measurements to provide valuable water column data.
According to Teledyne, both vehicles will be supplied in 12-m (40-ft) containers hosting their launch and recovery systems, deck support and handling equipment, and a spare set. The vehicles are designed to be air transportable, including their Li-Ion batteries which offer more than 40 hours of autonomy for long endurance missions.