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#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

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national media (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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