KTH has developed their own autonomous underwater vehicle, including both hardware and navigation, guidance and control algorithms. It’s a small, relatively inexpensiv research vessel, which fits in a suitcase. It’s run by an electric motor, use an iridium satellite modem and GPS, and can operate for about 24 hours. These vessels should essentially be regarded as sensor carrying platforms, and the beauty is that they can be equipped with a number of different instruments depending on what you want to use them for.
- One aim of the future use of AUV:s can for example be to operate in Arctic polar research to gather data about areas under the ice, it could reach places that are less known to man than the planet Mars. But we also have important problems in our close neighborhood with polluted seas and need for monitoring the underwater environment where these vessels can play a crucial role for monitoring, data collection and harbor protection for example, says Ivan Stenius.
Aron Helmstad is a PhD student working with the KTH-AUV project. He is currently developing an accurate simulation model in Simulink for the vehicle.
- It would be a great benefit for us, to easily progress to a much more efficient way of operating, says Aron.