A True Hybrid Underwater Vehicle
Breaking from tradition is the FUSION's unique combination of underwater systems into a single platform. The approach creates a common operating platform for improved efficiency, reduced training, significantly lower capital expenditure and greater mission capability. One user interface for all modes, one vehicle for all missions and one company for all support.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
FUSION is a fully autonomous vehicle that can be programmed to conduct a wide range of missions using the array of onboard imaging sensors. Program complex missions to collect high resolution side scan sonar data, forward looking multi-beam sonar data and/or high definition video with the maneuverability of a vectored thruster vehicle. To top it off missions are easily planned using the intuitive mission planner in the user interface.
Ensuring accurate data collection the FUSION is equipped with high accuracy navigation sensors including Doppler Velocity Log, Attitude Heading Reference System, Altimeter, Global Positioning System, Ultra Short Baseline system, Pressure sensor and Temperature sensor. When the FUSION is operating in AUV mode the USBL positioning system is active providing real time positional corrections and aiding the onboard navigation sensors. This feature allows the FUSION to conduct large area search missions without resurfacing and with great accuracy and reduced mission time. Added benefit of the USBL system is the ability for the operator to communicate with the FUSION during a mission. With a coms link operators can alter missions, abort missions or check mission status.
Remotely Operated Vehicle
The FUSION is a highly capable ROV system that provides real time sensor feedback to the surface by simply connecting the small diameter tether. Use ROV mode to follow up on targets identified in AUV mode or simply as an inspection tool. When in ROV mode the FUSION has the same level of autonomy as AUV mode, but with the benefit of live data transmission.
Highly maneuverable and stable with the six thruster configuration and optimized mechanical design. The powerful thrusters and clever control system provide precise maneuverability in demanding conditions all with minimized drag influence from the small tether. With 500 meters included and 2,000 meters optional the FUSION has extended range capabilities in ROV mode.
The intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) has complete controls for the FUSION including manual and automated controls. Data that was collected in AUV mode is easily accessed in ROV mode through the common user interface.
Comprehensive Sensor Suite
The FUSION departs from the traditional flexible platform approach and incorporates a suite a high end sensors designed to enable operators to accomplish complex missions. From a variety of imaging sensors to navigational aids the FUSION is a tightly integrated system that improves vehicle dynamics and eliminates troublesome cables/connectors.
Imaging Sensors - Forward Looking Multibeam Sonar, Side Scan Sonar, Video.
Navigation Sensors - DVL, Altimeter, USBL, AHRS, GPS, Pressure and Temperature
Communications Sensors - Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Iridium, Acoustic Modem
With a ground up design around a bespoke set of sensors the user interface benefits as well. One intuitive interface controls, displays and logs all sensor data on the FUSION.
Elegant and Capable Vehicle Design
The FUSION design sets a new standard. Computational Fluid Dynamics was used to optimize the shape, sensors are a bespoke design, high-tech material construction and careful attention to every detail makes FUSION unlike anything else as evident in the appearance.
Each FUSION system is equipped with powerful, efficient and reliable thrusters. The unique design incorporates a flooded brushless DC motor design and unique mounting system that allows for rapid change.
Utilizing high density and safe batteries produces a system that can not only be transported commercially, but have a long mission endurance. The added benefit of quick change packs keeps the FUSION conducting missions.
Intelligent Control and Navigation
The FUSION design continues with intelligence to increase mission capability, improve operator confidence and maximize the quality of data collected. Vehicle characteristics and dynamics are carefully mapped to help improve responsiveness, stability and predictive nature.
Careful attention was given to the choice of navigation sensors as well as the mechanical installation to ensure accurate feedback and precise data.
FUSION-HYBRID has attitude control, station hold, waypoint navigation, path follow in both ROV and AUV mode. The simple to use interface makes even inexperienced operators confidence to complete demanding missions. No need for a dedicated engineer to run the automation system.
Intuitive Human Machine Interface
A portable and intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) controls all aspects of FUSION control and data analysis. The incredibly small footprint and highly intuitive interface changes the way operators interface with subsea vehicles.
Long gone are the days of complex software as the FUSION brings a welcome change with a single user interface that operates all modes and allows seamless exchange of data. Plan and execute AUV missions, analyze sensor data, conduct ROV operations, setup diver mode, export data and more.
Low Drag Rugged Tether and Reel
For ROV missions the FUSION has a small diameter rugged tether to minimize drag, enable long range missions and maintain system portability. The 2.4mm (0.09") diameter kink free tether is strong and lightweight. A single connection point to the vehicle further simplifies system intuitiveness.
Managing tether can be a challenge, but not with the compact, lightweight reel. A 2,000 meter (6,560ft) capacity and level wind make tether handling simple.