The LAUV – Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – is a rugged, effective, lightweight autonomous underwater vehicle. Designed to be simple to deploy, operate, and recover by a single person. The state-of-the-art open architecture, allow users to easily integrate new instruments, actuators, algorithms and behaviors.
A very simple operational setup, including a laptop and a portable communication hub, enables full operation of one or more vehicles.
Easily deployed and recovered by a single person, due to its small size and lightweight.
The LAUV payload and navigation options are integrated as independent modules that can be installed later or replaced by different modules and/or user developments.
To ensure practical usefulness and full operationality in the harshest environments, all the design options concerning mechanical, hardware and software developments are thoroughly tested before release.
The software suite of the LAUV is based on the open source LSTS toolchain from Porto University. Users can easily reuse code to add new algorithms, behaviors and sensors.
An affordable tool designed to be cost effective, including reduced operation and maintenance costs.
LAUV is suitable for Mine Warfare (MCM), Search & Rescue (SAR), Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA), Anti Submarine Warfare and other marine applications.
LAUV is suitable for Environment & Oceanography, Underwater Archeology, Robotics, Marine Biology, Geology Investigation and other research & academic applications.
LAUV is suitable for Bathymetry, Dredging Support, Environmental Mapping and other commercial and hydrographic applications.
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