Marine Autopilots, Simulators, Communications and PMS for USVs, AUVs, ROVs

Dynautics Ltd
Dynautics

Dynautics is a leading developer of intelligent marine technologies for global unmanned and autonomous missions. Our scientific and engineering capabilities are built on 20 years of experience with vehicle control algorithm development and associated electronics for USVs (unmanned surface vehicles), AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) and ROVs (remotely operated vehicles).

We are co-authors of the Marine Autonomous Surface Ship Code of practice, and strive to push the boundaries of marine electronics to devise innovative solutions to complex vehicle autonomy challenges.

Marine Autopilots

Surface SPECTRE USV Remote Control Autopilot

Remote control autopilot for Unmanned and Autonomous Surface Vessels

SPECTRE USV Remote Control AutopilotThe Surface SPECTRE remote control autopilot for USVs is a turnkey system designed to facilitate operation of a wide range of autonomous and remotely controlled surface craft. Configured as standard to control a single engine vessel via a standard electronic throttle actuator and hydraulic steering pump, it is easily reconfigurable to meet the needs of a variety of craft and to provide additional functionality including interfacing with navigation systems.

SPECTRE Autopilot USV Remote Control Joystick

The SPECTRE is ideal for vessels up to 15 metres in length and can handle speeds ranging from 1 kt to over 50 kts. It is equipped with advanced sensor data fusion and adaptive autopilot algorithms, aiding stability at high speed and resulting in straight tracks and highly accurate waypoint following.

It can be paired with a robust and waterproof SPECTRE Remote Joystick, that allows remote control typically up to a range of 400m.

Applications include:

  • Surveillance: programming a vessel to follow a pre-defined path within a survey area, while operating payload instruments such as side-scan sonar and visual/infrared cameras
  • Remote controlled mine hunting: controlling a mine hunting vessel at low speeds and in hover manoeuvres, while using payload instruments to scan the area ahead of a warship
  • Target and target towing: the autopilot can be fitted either to the target itself or to a towing vessel, with compass stabilisation technology allowing the system to maintain heading even in significant sea states.

Learn more: Surface SPECTRE USV Remote Control Autopilot

Underwater SPECTRE UUV/AUV/ROV Autopilot

Remote control autopilot for Unmanned and Autonomous Subsurface Vessels

SPECTRE Autopilot Board for USV AUV ROVThe Underwater SPECTRE subsurface autopilot is based on the SPECTRE autopilot board (shown right) and is designed for a wide range of UUVs, AUVs and ROVs. It has been successfully incorporated on agile underwater vehicles such as mine countermeasure systems as small as 1m in length, and Work Class ROVs weighing 5 tons.

A remote operator, located on land or on a support ship, can visually track the progress of a vehicle on screen and control the vehicle’s heading, speed, track, attitude and depth/height. Communications can take place via a physical tethered data link, by RF or satcomms when surfaced, or via an acoustic link such as the Sonardyne 6G.

SPECTRE (UW) Underwater ROV Control Autopilot

Applications include:

  • Semi-submersible autonomous vehicles with or without physical data links to an operator workstation
  • ROVs with an umbilical data link to the operator workstation
  • SPECTRE (UW) Underwater AUV Control AutopilotFully autonomous AUVs with intermittent communications to a remote host, e.g. using acoustic communications
  • “Fire and forget” UUV/AUV missions.

MicroSPECTRE AUV & USV Autopilot

Compact autopilot board for unmanned and autonomous surface and subsurface vessels

MicroSPECTRE Compact Autopilot Board for USV AUV ROVThe MicroSPECTRE is a miniature-format version of the SPECTRE autopilot, designed for both surface and subsurface unmanned systems with more stringent SWaP (size, weight and power) constraints. Capable of controlling a twin-engine vessel, the MicroSPECTRE features the same autopilot algorithms and capabilities as our flagship SPECTRE system. Connectors may be mounted vertically or at right angles to suit space requirements.

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Marine Simulators

Our marine simulators and simulation software aid USV and AUV/ROV engineers to solve technical challenges that arise when developing a new unmanned system, helping to create efficient hull and propulsion configurations and reducing the time to launch.

Dynautics is a leader in the field of simulation in support of the development, testing and accreditation of ship control systems, with the world’s only off-the-shelf marine simulator supporting the ISO11674, ISO16329 and IEC62065 standards for heading and track control systems.

Ship Sim 3 Simulator Software

USV marine simulator software

Ship Sim 3 IUSV Simulator SoftwareThe Ship Sim 3 simulator models the behaviour of a large range of unmanned surface vessels using sophisticated mathematical models to calculate aero and hydrodynamic forces, propeller blade forces, wave forces and lift effects. Individually modelled sensors transmit output data serial and Ethernet, and simulated vehicles can be fully tested with hardware in the loop.

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AUV Sim Simulation Software

AUV/ROV Simulator Software

AUV Sim ROV Simulator SoftwareThe AUV Sim simulator provides a framework for building and configuring simulated underwater vehicles from small AUVs to large Work-Class ROVs. The software allows designers to build up components such as body elements, actuators and thrusters in a flexible and modular manner before testing and evaluation. AUV Sim can also be used as a test harness, under the control of the autopilot, providing hardware-in-the-loop testing.

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SimBox S and UW Marine Vehicle Simulators

AUV and USV simulation software and hardware kits

SimBox Marine Vehicle SimulatorsDynautics SimBoxes for unmanned surface and underwater vehicles provide simulator software and hardware, including a SPECTRE autopilot module, Remote Control Workstation frontend and software, a GENIE analogue and digital interface, and power supplies and cables – all conveniently packaged in a high quality, robust carrying case.

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SimBox S and UW Marine Vehicle Simulators

ROV/USV Training Simulators

ROV operator training simulators

ROV Operator Training SimulatorsDynautics has developed a range of training simulators for both surface and underwater remotely operated vehicles. We can fully customise our training solutions to fit your requirements and adjust to particular environments and backgrounds of trainees.

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USV Communications Systems

2.4 GHz Modem Communications

Fast, accurate USV control across short ranges

2.4GHz modem for USV controlThe Dynautics 2.4GHz modems accept RS232 or RS422 input and are ideal for pairing with the Dynautics Joystick, which provides fast, accurate control with low latency for precise manoeuvring of large USVs. The modems are also used for carrying the SSSCP (SPECTRE Secure Serial Communications Protocol) command and control datalink for short range applications of up to 400 metres line of sight.

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UHF Modem for Secure USV CommunicationsUHF Modems

Secure Communications for USVs and ASVs

We provide UHF modems by leading manufacturers such as RF Datatech, SATEL, and GE, operating in the 400 to 500 MHz frequency bands (including licence-free bands in the UK and other countries). These modems carry the SSSCP protocol at ranges of up to 20km line of sight, for reliable USV control and communication.

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GSM Modems

GSM Modem for offshore USV CommunicationsRemote control of offshore USVs

The Dynautics GSM communications architecture provides command and control for a variety of marine unmanned systems applications, allowing operator workstations to be located anywhere with internet access. Operators log in to a central hub, enabling multiple workstations to observe the mission simultaneously and easily hand over control.

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Iridium RUDICS Satellite Communication Links

Long-range, worldwide coverage for USVs, AUVs and ROVs

Iridium RUDICS Satellite Communication LinksDynautics uses the Iridium satellite network, via the RUDICS system, to provide extreme long-range command and control, data retrieval and bidirectional communications with worldwide coverage. Vessels used for scientific research and a variety of other applications can be piloted remotely far beyond the range of conventional radio modems.

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General Purpose Telemetry Module

USV data telemetry module

The General Purpose Telemetry (GPT) module is designed to gather data from serial, digital and analogue channels, which can be sent back to a control station via satellite communications or over UHF. The GPT carries both input and output channels, and is able to control power to sensors via a Power Management System, allowing for configurable energy conservation.

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Marine Power Management Systems

Power Management Module (PMM)

PMM for marine vessels (USVs, AUVs)

USV Power Management Module (PMM)The standalone Power Management Module (PMM) allows the SPECTRE autopilot to independently control power to six 12V channels at up to 2.4A each, with a maximum overall capacity of 10A. The RS-422 control bus allows up to 8 PMMs to be daisy-chained together and controlled by a single host, providing up to 48 channels and 80A. Options are available for higher currents and/or higher bus voltages.

The PMM is ideal for maritime unmanned systems with low power budgets that require precise control of power consumption. Applications including turning on an AUV or USV’s scientific sensors for a set amount of time each day or when a waypoint is reached. Each channel has a preset trip current level which may be changed at runtime. The system can monitor peak and average currents.

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Power Generation Controller Output Module

Power Generation Output module (PGCO)The Power Generation Controller Output Module (PGCO) is a dual channel electronic fuse designed to measure key parameters on the output side of the power management controller. The PGCO accepts battery power at 12V or 24V nominal and provides two outputs via switch and monitoring circuits.

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