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    SeaRobotics to manufacture Marlin Mk3 AUV

    Vessel & ROV News // December 16, 2015

    Lockheed Martin has selected SeaRobotics Corporation as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for its Marlin Mk3 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The AUV is designed for survey and inspection applications in water depths of up to 4,000m.

    Designed for deepwater applications such as pipeline inspection, deepwater survey, and life of field support services for the offshore oil and gas industry, the Marlin Mk3’s modular, plug and play mission package architecture and dual AUV/remote operated vehicle propulsion modes will enable the underwater vehicle to undertake a wide range of deepwater geophysical survey and structural integrity inspection operations.

    The Marlin can be outfitted with sensor packages including multibeam, sidescan and 3D sonar, a sub-bottom profiler and synthetic aperture sonar, as well as high resolution video, still photo, and laser profilers, enabling advanced autonomous data acquisition, processing, analysis and response. 

    Lockheed Martin says the Marlin Mk3 “offers powerful new autonomous inspection capabilities that significantly reduce operator workload and fatigue,” along with high resolution, 3D models of subsea structures in realtime. Its 44 kWh battery capacity provides mission endurance up to 24 hours and an operational range greater than 100km before recharging is required.

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