Liquid Robotics announced the introduction of the Wave Glider SV3, a hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot. The Wave Glider SV3 incorporates the latest advancements in energy harvesting technology, providing the ability to utilize both wave and solar energy for forward propulsion.
Customers will now have the ability to conduct missions, 24x7, through all weather conditions, across most of the planet to help research global problems such as global climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries management, hurricane prediction, tsunami warning and exploration for valuable natural resources.
The end-to-end ocean data solution provided by Liquid Robotics’ new integrated platform provides ocean data collection and processing at the point of collection with real time delivery of critical information to shore, the manufacturer said. The Wave Glider SV3 can tap into the inexhaustible supply of the planet’s wave and solar energy, travel tens of thousands of miles, collect data in demanding sea states/conditions (doldrums, high currents, hurricanes/cyclones) and deliver this data in real-time to users around the globe. This capability provides access to new levels of ocean data, more pervasively and more cost effectively than from existing alternatives.
The Wave Glider SV3 leverages the basic design principle of the highly successful Wave Glider SV2 platform, which was introduced in 2009 and has since traveled more than 300,000 nautical miles globally, set a world record for longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle (land or sea) and has been deployed on hundreds of customer missions ranging from the Arctic to Australia and from the Canary Islands to Loch Ness.
Additional technological advancements introduced in the Wave Glider SV3 are datacenter@sea, adaptable power and storage providing support for power hungry sensors and the introduction of a new, adaptable operating system designed for intelligent autonomy for fleet operations.
The Wave Glider SV Series is available for sale today with deliveries of the Wave Glider SV3 beginning in Q3 of 2013. For a limited time, Liquid Robotics is offering a Wave Glider SV3 sales incentive program as well as a Wave Glider buyback program.
Wave Glider SV3
• Hybrid Propulsion System: Wave-powered and solar energy storage with an auxiliary, vectored thruster for extra speed to address high currents, doldrums or to quickly accommodate changes in mission operations.
• Adaptable Modular Power System: Large, flexible power system design able to accommodate the most “power hungry” payloads (e.g., sonar, bathymetry, image analysis) and multiple sensors. Allows generation of power from other sources (i.e. wave to electricity generators, fuel cells).
• Modular Architecture: Provides maximum flexibility, ease of integration for fast deployment: pre-integrated for plug-and-play and reconfiguration.
• Regulus: Advanced Vehicle Operating System for intelligent autonomy to enable coordinated fleet operations. Designed around an open, cloud-based architecture to provide high availability, scalability and secure multi-tenancy. Includes the ability to dynamically download software changes or new applications to reconfigure a mission at sea.
• datacenter@sea: Powerful on-board compute capabilities for local processing (at sea) with the ability to transmit just the answer instead of raw data.
Liquid Robotics also announced the Wave Glider SV2, the original Wave Glider.
• Enhancements for durability and extended persistence
• Increased onboard processing power
• Expanded support for Wi-Fi & cellular communications
• Applications and sensors cross-compatible with SV3
• Increased power to support a broad array of sensor payloads
• Expanded application and mission support