USA: Lockheed Martin Selects Echoscope 3-D Imaging Sonar for Marlin AUV
The advanced patented Echoscope® 3-D imaging sonar, produced by Coda Octopus Group Inc., has been selected by Lockheed Martin for a new fleet of autonomous subsea inspection vehicles.
Echoscope® provides the Marlin™ Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with the unique sensory inputs that enable the construction of real-time 3-D models of structures up to 1,000 ft deep regardless of water clarity. The Marlin™ AUV is undergoing final development testing and is planned for introduction to the market later this year.
“We look forward to providing oil and gas operating companies with real-time 3D modeling capability using Echoscope onboard the Marlin,” said Coda Octopus President of Technology Blair Cunningham. “We supplied more than four Echoscopes® under this program and are very pleased with the results of pre-production models and trials.”
Benefits of utilizing the Echoscope® for subsea inspection operations include increased productivity, unsurpassed data density and enhanced operational safety in complex environments. The sensor was selected based on its unique ability to provide real-time point cloud images of underwater environments.
Subsea World News Staff , June 26, 2012; Image: Lockheed Martin