MST Builds New Version of ‘ARC Explorer’ Towed Side Scan Sonar
Marine Sonic Technology (MST), a brand of Atlas North America, has released the ARC Explorer MK II, the next generation of MST’s towed side scan sonar systems.
While retaining all the characteristics of its predecessor, the ARC Explorer MK II also offers, for the first time, simultaneous dual frequency operation, adjustable angle transducers, a stainless steel and polymer tow body and an additional auxiliary interface which, along with the revamped tow cable, provides a virtual plug-and-play ability for additional sensors including magnetometers and gap filling sonars.
The MK II’s new tow fish when, combined with the revamped tow cable, will allow for system operation down to 600 feet. The variable angle tow point and new angle transducers should provide the imaging flexibility when inspecting bridges, piers, harbor walls, offshore platforms and vessel hulls. Small changes to the ARC Explorer Sea Scan Survey software will provide an additional range tool as well as a new view screen which will simplify vessel navigation and improve situational awareness, MST said.
“The MK II allows MST to make incremental modifications to an already proven product, making it even better, while at the same responding to the requests and needs of the customers loyal to the MK II’s predecessor and to our company,” said Sergio Diehl, president of Atlas North America.