Autonomous Boats & Unmanned Surface Vessels for Marine Monitoring, Hydrographic Survey & Rescue
M80 Autonomous Survey Vessel Long endurance multi-functional platform for hydrographic surveying
M80 Autonomous Survey Vessel

Long endurance multi-functional platform for hydrographic surveying

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M80 Autonomous Survey Vessel

The M80 is a large autonomous survey vessel platform designed for oceanographic surveys. Developed to conduct high performance surveys, the M80B can carry a variety of equipment to a range of tasks, such as bathymetry, surveying waterways, and maritime search & rescue missions.

Powered by a diesel engine and capable of operating in Sea State 3, it can achieve a top speed of 12 knots and can operate for up to 10 hours (at speeds of 6 knots). The boat is equipped with radar and sonar for obstacle avoidance.

The autonomous boat is customized to carry T50P and T20P multi-beam echo sounders.

autonomous survey vessel
① Large capacity for oceanographic survey instruments

The M80 USV can carry up to 150kg of hydrographic & geophysical instruments to conduct multi-purpose hydrographic deep sea surveys.

  • Singlebeam echo sounder
  • Multibeam echo sounder
  • ADCP
  • 3D LiDAR scanner
  • Side scan sonar
  • Forward-looking sonar
  • Water quality sonde
  • Sub-bottom profiler
② Longer endurance, faster speed
  • The USV can sail 50 hours continuously with a 350 kg (gallon liter) fuel tank.
  • The USV can sail up to 12kn/s with a high power water-jet propeller.
③ Better protection for equipment

A build-in automatic lifter can lift and drop the instrument depending on whether the USV is sailing or surveying, which can protect transducers and save energy correspondingly.

④ Automatic multi-purpose survey
  • Both the USV and the survey instruments are operated by the base station. Navigated by the GNSS positioning system, the USV can autonomously conduct pre-programmed multi-purpose surveying missions and send back data in real-time.
  • Operators can also control the USV manually within a distant of 2 km, using a remote controller.
⑤ Intelligent collision avoidance
  • Deployed with a 4G radar, an HD camera and a LiDAR, the M80 USV gives an excellence performance in collision avoidance.
  • User can observe water environments using the real-time video feed to better avoid obstacles when operating in manual mode.
Dimensions 5.65m x 2.4m x 2.9m
Range 10km
Endurance 200nm
Payload 200kg
Weight 1600kg
Max Speed 10 knots