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2020-12-06

DriX USV to Develop Next-gen Ocean Exploration System

The Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) recently signed a purchase contract to acquire a DriX Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) from iXblue. 
 
The contract consists of one DriX USV along with a novel custom-designed Universal Deployment System able to launch and recover the USV as well as other AUVs. The autonomous solution is expected to be put to sea by mid-2021.
 
Along with the Universal Deployment System, other features that led to the selection of the DriX were its mission endurance, ability to operate at high-speed and excellent offshore seakeeping ability.
 
“The ability to launch and recover unmanned surface vessels as well as other autonomous systems like AUV’s from the same launch and recovery system allows us to support a range of collaborative ocean exploration operations from a single research vessel,” said Larry Mayer, Director of the Center of Coastal and Ocean Mapping and the University of New Hampshire’s co-PI on the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute.
 
The University of New Hampshire will operate the new DriX. The OECI is hosted at the University of Rhode Island. This new five-year alliance is envisaged to extend NOAA’s reach and capabilities for its ocean exploration portfolio.
 

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