• #8 - The Age of Autonomous Vessels

    A Robust Multi-Role USV

    ASV Global's C-Worker at sea (Courtesy of ASV Global)

    The C-Worker 7 is a robust multi-function unmanned surface vehicle (USV) suitable for a variety of offshore and coastal tasks. For example, it can carry out subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring without maintaining a ship on station, according to the website of manufacturer ASV Global.

    With a rugged, self-righting aluminum hull, C-Worker can undertake missions of up to 30 days. The vehicle is 7.2 m long, weighs 5300 kg and has a top speed of 6 knots.

    It incorporates fully-redundant propulsion and communication systems, and an integrated navigation sensor system that features visible light and infrared cameras, and radar. It can be fitted with interchangeable frames for a variety of payloads, such as multibeam sonar.

    Read more about autonomous surface vehicles here

    About the Author

    Journalist for 12 years in Paris, Brussels and Washington, Celia Sampol is now the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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