K-MATE controller for unamnned platformEquipment & Technology // August 10, 2017
K-MATE, an autonomous surface vehicle control system from Kongsberg, is to be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of autonomous (unmanned) surface vessel (USV) being built by UK manufacturer, Hushcraft, and operated by SEA-KIT International.
SEA-KIT is a USV that can carry a deployable and retrievable payload of up to 2.5 tonness. It is based on the AUV-USV concept, which could lead to more efficient, safer and cost-effective seafloor mapping operations, as well as providing a platform for numerous applications in a wide range of maritime sectors.
The SEA-KIT vessel provides a long-range, long-endurance ocean capability. It is able to operate without assistance for months at a time and is the first of a new generation of craft that can truly operate independently.