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Sunday, August 19, 2018

New Launch and Recovery System for USVs

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 30, 2018

  • (Image: RC Dock)
  • (Image: RC Dock)
  • (Image: RC Dock)
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  • (Image: RC Dock) (Image: RC Dock)
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The market for unmanned surface vehicles (USV) has exploded in recent years, leading to an increased availability and variation of systems for a wide range of operations.

Having observed a lack of suitable launch and recovery options for these vehicles, U.S. based RC Dock has created a universal low-cost launch and recovery system (LARS) built especially for USVs.

Many operators find that launching and recovering USVs, especially in rough seas at speed, prove difficult, limiting the overall usability of these systems, RC Dock said.

The company’s LARS is a self-floating dock that can be operated with any standard crane or davit and has the capability to launch and recover unmanned platforms while at speed in rough seas.

The flexible system is compatible with various platforms such as RIBs and FRCs and has been tested at sea and optimized for offshore, navy, coastguard and seismic operations.

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