FUSION Multi-Mode System
FUSION is a truly unique system in many ways of which one is the ability to operate in different modes. Out of the box FUSION is a highly capable tethered ROV system providing real time feedback and interaction. With a simple software update (in countries not restricted) FUSION can be turned into an untethered autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to conduct traditional or complex missions without the use of a tether. Add in the third function that sets FUSION apart is the optional diver module that turns FUSION into a diver propulsion and navigation device.
Imagine a singular asset that can quickly transform between desired applications utilizing the same intuitive user interface. Conduct a larger area mission in AUV mode, download and analyze the data, hot swap the batteries and plug in the tether or connect the diver module to follow up with real time acquisition.
Remotely Operated Vehicle
In tethered ROV mode FUSION provides real time control and sensor data to the HMI. There are different operational modes including joystick control, control mode and mission mode. The ultra small diameter tether has minimal impact on the performance/capability of FUSION and the longer lengths benefit larger excursions.
When operating in ROV mode the operator has full supervisory control and able to determine the level of desired autonomy. Manual control with assistance in joystick mode or touchscreen automated control in control mode or “AUV” type mission mode all provided real time sensor feedback. In ROV mode operators are also able to interact with optional devices fitted such as manipulators, payloads or third party devices.
AUV - Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
FUSION can operate as an untethered AUV by executing preprogrammed missions designed in the User Interface and loaded into the FUSION. Mission designs can vary from traditional grid pattern surveys to more complex designs that include varying altitude, heading and velocity. Additionally, with FUSION a vectored vehicle further mission specifics can be applied such as orbit marker and pitch.
Operators can set sensor data acquisition preferences to include forward looking sonar, side scan sonar, video, etc.
While operating in AUV mode the USBL system can be used to track FUSION as well as send commands such as abort or change mission. Additionally, with the USBL FUSION can be acoustically commanded to perform tasks such as drop payload, orbit or return home.
DIVER Navigation & Propulsion
Expanding on the AUV/ROV mode aspect of FUSION is the ability to use FUSION as a Diver Propulsion and Navigation device. The simple to install module attaches to FUSION providing control of thrusters for propulsion and an intuitive screen for navigation, forward looking sonar, side scan sonar and more. Once on location the FUSION can be put into station hold mode allowing the divers to free their hands for tasks.
When used in conjunction with the USBL system multiple FUSION systems in diver mode can communicate via messaging as well as with the surface.