OceanAlpha Work with Kongsberg to Demonstrate ME120 USV and M3 Sonar in Ocean Business 2019 | OceanAlpha

From April 9 to 11, 2019, the most influential event in the ocean technology industry, the Ocean Business 2019 was held in Southampton, UK.

OceanAlpha launched the ME120 USV deploying a Kongsberg M3 PHS system, successfully demonstrated as whole package survey solution in Southampton dockside. OceanAlpha International Business Division sales director Jason Liu presented the features and capabilities of the USV in hydrographic survey, following Kongsberg sales manager Aziah North and  product manager Alan Zhao ‘s presentation of M3 PHS system

ME120 USV is detachable catamaran survey platform designed with on field assembly and quick transportation capabilities. Typically installed with a compact multibeam echo sounder to survey in harbors, channels and coastal areas.With a standard instrument payload of 45 kg and a maximum speed up to 5 m/s, ME120 USV shows great endurance with 8 hours continuous surveying at 2m/s. It is lithium power and easy-to-replace battery on site to extend endurance when it is necessary. In order to protect multi beam transducer and save battery energy, ME120 USV equip with automatic lifter for transducer rise and fall. 

Demonstrations went great success with M3 PHS, stable and low noise platform provide M3 PHS a good environment to generate quality data. Environment sensing such as PTZ camera monitoring and collision avoidance function ensure ME120 USV survey in a safe environment. The combination shows the highly developed and the promising future of the unmanned working mode in hydrographic surveying.

Multibeam echosounder data overlaying on the Google Earth map

Base Station software that ME 120 used is specially developed by OceanAlpha for full autonomous control of USVs, it provide user friendly interface with mission planning, real time video and all communication control settings. Surveyor can also use software like Hypack/QIncy to program survey mission and export to USV base station software for autonomous navigation. With precise control, ME120 shows great run line tracking performance with yaw distance 0-0.1m which brings accurate survey coverage.

Not only to deploy M3 PHS system, ME120 USV is able to fit with other survey instruments that within payload and dimensions. Modular design gives ME120 enough flexibility to cope with different deployments. 

Data collected by ME120 USV and Kongsberg M3 PHS

OceanAlpha have been focus on USV development and manufacturing over past years and just have its 9th birthday on 15 April, 2019. We provided unmanned monitoring and survey solution from inland to offshore in various water environment. With our expertise and passion, we keep working with our partner to serve our industrial clients worldwide .

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