72-foot USV launched in California
Published on January 11th, 2021
Saildrone has launched the Saildrone Surveyor, a new 72-foot uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) equipped for high-resolution mapping of the ocean seafloor.
The Surveyor is a scaled-up version of the 23-foot Saildrone Explorer and carries a sophisticated array of acoustic instruments for shallow and deep-water ocean mapping.
Like the Explorer, the Surveyor is uncrewed and uses renewable solar energy to power its robust sensor suite; the Surveyor delivers an equivalent survey capability, but at a fraction of the cost and carbon footprint of a traditional survey ship and without putting human health and safety at risk.
Video uploaded Jan. 11, 2021.