Advanced Navigation announces launch of Hydrus

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Advanced Navigation, an AI navigation and robotics systems manufacturer, has announced the launch of Hydrus.

Hydrus is an autonomous subsea robot that combines advanced navigation, sonar and communication capabilities with a 4K60 camera in a small form factor and is to be deployed to simplify underwater data collection and inspection. It is targeted at applications requiring high-resolution images and video with precise geo-referenced data.

‘’We have seen a revolution occur in the aerial drone market, where smaller, easy to use drones have opened new opportunities in applications previously restricted by cost. Hydrus is intended to offer the same accessibility to the underwater world.’’ said Xavier Orr, CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation.

Hydrus is effectively an all-in-one surveying crew, removing the need for expensive ROVs/AUVs, survey vessels, highly trained operators and divers.

According to Advanced Navigation this all-in-one autonomous solution means that 3D missions can be planned in minutes, without specific knowledge or training. The acoustic communication capabilities allow users to monitor and adjust missions on the fly.

The Hydrus is small enough to be carried on a plane and can be launched and retrieved by a single person. No special watercraft is required. Upon mission completion, data can be wirelessly retrieved using a computer.

A 4K 60 FPS camera coupled with powerful lighting ensures the highest quality video and photography. An AI image processing system dynamically balances camera settings and lighting, and compensates for turbidity, even in the most challenging conditions.

Hydrus features dynamic AI guidance with obstacle avoidance, altitude control and image quality control. It integrates a USBL, DVL, INS, acoustic and optical modems all tightly coupled into one compact package. It has been designed to undertake missions of up to 3 hours duration, has a range of 9 km, with a maximum speed of 4 knots and a 3,000 m (10,000 ft) depth rating.

Proprietary hubless thrusters prevent impellers from getting jammed with ropes or seaweed. The fully sealed, connectorless design makes a reliable and low-maintenance AUV.

Hydrus will be available in late 2022.