Dive Technologies has completed the integration and build of the company’s first full-scale commercial large displacement (LD) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), the DIVE-LD. The subsea robotics systems manufacturer’s goal is to re-imagine how UUVs are designed, manufactured, and deployed at sea, and aims to provide solutions for both military and commercial markets.
Based on a unique robust architecture, the DIVE-LD has been designed for mission-critical applications requiring an unprecedented combination of range, endurance, and versatility for commercial, research, and defense clients. According to Dive Technologies, the proprietary technology powering the DIVE-LD can be easily scaled for an extra-large (XLUUV) platform.
Following the completion of the build, at-sea testing is due to begin shortly, followed by demonstrations of the platform’s capabilities for commercial and defense applications, including deep-sea operation.
Jerry Sgobbo, CEO at Dive Technologies, commented: “We’re thrilled to see the DIVE-LD come together after nearly two years of iterating on the design, prototyping, and lab testing. Our team has been focused on creating highly-scalable, truly open software and hardware architectures that together produced what we like to refer to as UUV 2.0. Our platform architecture promotes cost and schedule efficient design cycles and greatly reduces production costs as compared to other legacy UUV designs currently on the market.”
Bill Lebo, CTO at Dive Technologies, said: “Leveraging new proprietary designs and advanced manufacturing techniques as well as government, commercial, and academic partnerships, our team was able to accelerate the build of the DIVE-LD well ahead of schedule. We’re excited to conduct deep-water LDUUV testing and ultimately get our commercial vehicle into the hands of our customers so they can experience the ease of integration and operation for themselves.”