REMUS 600 - the most versatile member of Hydroid's growing family of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - AUVs!
The REMUS 600 AUV / marine robot was designed through funding from the Office of Naval Research
to support the Navy's growing need for operations requiring extended endurance,
increased payload capacity, and greater operating depth. The REMUS 600 AUV boasts
the same proven software and electronic subsystems found in our highly successful
REMUS 100 AUV, with a depth rating and increased capabilities that take autonomous
operations to the next level.
Auxiliary Support Equipment / Vehicle Safety Features
All HYDROID AUVs have core systems designed to monitor the status and operation of essential components. Health monitoring includes batteries, motors, sensors and communications as well as
conditions such as depth or water ingress. If an abnormality is detected, then an alarm is raised. During supervised missions this will be transmitted to the operator enabling them to decide if the
vehicle should return from its mission. When the vehicle is operating autonomously, the response to an alarm is determined by the preselected response listed in the mission plan. This could include an
emergency abort to preserve vehicle security.
Communication and Tracking
Operators can monitor the AUV's progress and status via an acoustic link. This also enables amendments to the mission plan to be sent to the vehicle along with position updates if required. The
HiPAP (KONGSBERG acoustic underwater positioning and navigation system) or Ranger positioning systems provide acoustic aiding to the on-board IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and DVL (Doppler Velocity Log) equipment to make the real-time position solution as accurate
as possible. Some HYDROID AUVs also transmit real-time side-scan and bathymetry data back to the operator acoustically. This data is displayed on the payload computer screen to give the operations team
confidence that the mission is progressing as planned and there are no gaps in the data. When the AUVs are on the surface, they can communicate via Wi-Fi or radio with the operator. They are also
equipped with GPS receivers to update the IMU position with the most accurate information available.
To assist with emergency localisation and recovery operations, the AUVs can be equipped with emergency radio beacons, strobe lights and satellite communications. In the event of an emergency
ascent, the position and status of the vehicle can be sent via the Iridium network to the operators and home base simplifying post-emergency localisation. If two-way satellite communication is
enabled, a revised mission plan can be sent to the vehicle from anywhere in the world.