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REMUS 600 for Marine Research Applications

REMUS 600 – the most versatile member of Hydroid's growing family of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles – AUVs!

The REMUS 600 AUV was designed through funding from the Office of Naval Research to support the Navy's growing need for operations requiring extended endurance, increased payload capacity, and greater operating depth. The REMUS 600 AUV boasts the same proven software and electronic subsystems found in our highly successful REMUS 100 AUV, with a depth rating and increased capabilities that take autonomous operations to the next level.

Applications

  • Fisheries Research & Habitat Mapping
  • Climate Change
  • Ocean Observatories
  • Under Ice
  • Emergency Response
  • Water Quality
  • Ecosystem Assessment
  • Marine Archaeology
  • Deep Sea Ecology/Seabed Investigation
REMUS 600 Features
Littoral to Deep Operations

The positively buoyant REMUS 600 has been designed to operate to depths of 600 meters. This highly versatile system can also be ordered and configured for 1500 meter operation.

Go Further

The REMUS 600 delivers unprecedented endurance, with mission duration capability of >20 hours. Upon mission completion, simply recharge the internal battery. (Endurance is subject to speed, sensor and battery configuration).

Fully Modular

The REMUS 600 has been designed with modularity in mind. The vehicle can be reconfigured for a wide variety of customer payloads. The vehicle is comprised of a series of hull sections that are quickly separated for vehicle reconfiguration, maintenance and/or shipping.

Increased Payload

Designed to carry a range of payload options–standard and custom, wet and dry–depending on your mission requirements. It has the flexibility to exchange payloads or upgrade at a later date.

Ease of Operation

The REMUS 600 incorporates the same proven vehicle autonomy used in the complete family of REMUS vehicles. The stable and proven software makes vehicle maintenance, checkout, mission planning, and data analysis fast and easy. Windows® operation, quick-look indicators, quality control checks and a sophisticated data export capability all add to the flexible nature of this software package.

Proven REMUS Technology

The REMUS 600 is based on the same leading edge technology that has brought the REMUS 100 to the forefront of autonomous operations.

Launch and Recovery System (LARS)

The Hydroid LARS is designed to function off the stern or midship of a vessel and is field proven with the REMUS 600 and REMUS 6000 AUVs. The self-contained LARS can extend the operational weather window of the AUV by allowing launch and recovery in sea states up to Sea State 5 while retaining the flexibility to operate from any vessel of opportunity. When mounted on the stern of a ship, the LARS has a 5.5 ft. x 10 ft. footprint, and requires less than 15 Hp when operational.

Docking

Certain Hydroid AUVs can be configured with autonomous docking capability. The systems includes:

  • Dynamic Docking
  • Docking Stations
  • Line Capture Launch & Recovery (LCLR) Nose
  • Automated Recovery
REMUS 600 SPECIFICATIONS
Vehicle Diameter

32.4 cm (12.75 in); diameter varies depending upon module (for 600 m depth configuration)

Vehicle Length

Min length ~2.7 m (~9 ft) Max length ~5.5 m (~18 ft); length varies depending upon module configuration

Weight in Air

Min weight ~220 kg (~500 lbs) Max weight ~385 kg (~850 lbs); weight varies depending upon module configuration

Maximum Operating Depth

600 meters (1500 meter configuration available)

Energy

5.4 kWh rechargeable Li-ion battery; (Second 5.4 kWh battery tray is optional), exchangeable battery option available

Endurance

Typical mission endurance is up to 24 hours in standard configuration. Subject to speed, battery and sensor configurations

Propulsion

Direct drive DC brushless motor to an open two bladed propeller

Velocity Range

Up to 2.3 m/s (4 knots) variable over range

Control

3 independent control fins providing yaw, pitch and roll control. Altitude, depth,  yo-yo and track-line following provided. Optional forward fins available for heading control during bottom tracking with a cross current

External Hook-up

2 connectors, one for shore power and one for shore data. Alternatively, 802.11G wireless network (Wi-Fi) provided via dorsal fin antenna

Casualty Circuits

Two connectors, one for shore power and one for shore data. Alternatively, 802.11G wireless network (Wi-Fi) provided via dorsal fin antenna

Navigation Methods

Inertial, Long Baseline (LBL) Acoustic, SBAS enabled GPS, Ultra Short Baseline Acoustic and Acoustic Transponder

Communication

Acoustic modem, Iridium modem, Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz, 100 Base-T Ethernet (standard), 1000 Base-T Ethernet (optional)

Software

REMUS Vehicle Interface Program (VIP), GUI-based laptop interface for programming, training, documentation, maintenance and troubleshooting

REMUS 600 CONFIGURATIONS
Standard
  • Doppler Velocity Log (DVL)
  • Compass or Inertial Navigation System as
  • Standard Depending on Configuration
  • Acoustic Modem (Low & High Frequency Options Available)
  • Pressure Depth Sensor
  • Conductivity & Temperature Sensor
  • GPS/Wi-Fi/Iridium
  • Emergency Recovery Equipment
  • Terrain Avoidance Sonar
Optional Equipment
  • Up to (2) Battery Trays
  • Responder for Surface Ultra Short Baseline (USBL)
  • Navigation Aiding
  • NavP/HG 9900 INS with Payload Processor
  • Obstacle Avoidance Sonar
Deployment Options
  • Launch & Recovery System (LARS): The Hydroid LARS is designed to function off the stern or midship of a vessel and is field proven with the REMUS 600 and REMUS 6000 AUVs. The self-contained LARS can extend the operational weather window of the AUV by allowing launch and recovery in sea states up to Sea State 5 while retaining the flexibility to operate from any vessel of opportunity. When mounted on the stern of a ship, the LARS has a 5.5 ft. x 10 ft. footprint, and requires less than 15 horsepower when operational.
  • Line Capture Line Recovery (LCLR): A self-contained module that is initially offered on Hydroid’s REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle for the purpose of autonomous launch and recovery. It will enable easier vehicle recovery and increase operational flexibility. 
  • Deployment & Retrieval System: Autonomous launch, recovery and storage of an AUV.
Optional Sensors
  • Dual Frequency Side Scan Sonar
  • HiSAS 2040 Synthetic Aperture Sonar
  • Dynamically Focused Side Scan Sonar
  • Optical Environmental Characterization Sensors
  • Video Camera
  • Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES)
  • Electronic Still Camera (ESC)
  • Sub-Bottom Profiler (SBP)
  • Fish Finding Echo Sounders
  • Oxygen Sensors
  • Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) Sensor
  • LED Based Lights & Strobes for Cameras
  • High Precision, Dual-Band GPS Receiver
  • Terrain Avoidance Sonar (Obstacle Avoidance Sonar optional)
  • Other Custom Sensor Options Available
Shipboard Devices
  • Shipboard Communications Mast
  • Power Box with Battery Charger/Conditioner
  • Shipboard Communications System (GPS, Iridium, Wi-Fi and Optional Freewave)
  • Acoustic Communications Bottle
  • Ranger Deck Box
  • Acoustic Transducer Towfish
  • Releasable Acoustic Transponders
  • Portable Surface Communications Station
Vehicle Interface Program (VIP)

The REMUS 600 utilizes the same Vehicle Interface Program (VIP) as our family of vehicles. This VIP simplifies vehicle maintenance, mission planning, vehicle checkout and data analysis. Communication between the vehicle and the host is conducted via a 100 Base-T Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi. Among other features, the VIP includes:

  • An integrated text editor for construction of the mission file.
  • A map view that illustrates the planned mission for review.
  • Automatic error checking performed on all aspects of the planned mission, with warning messages that appear if any mission parameters are incorrect.
  • A set of quick-look indicators that display system status, where green indicates OK and red indicates a fault.
REMUS 600 DATA SAMPLES
Edgetech 2200 230/850kHz Side Scan Sonar
Klein 3500 455/900kHz Side Scan Sonar
Kongsberg EM3002 Multibeam Sonar; Bathymetry
BlueView Gap-Filling Sonar; Bathymetry
REMUS 600 AUXILIARY SUPPORT EQUIPMENT/VEHICLE SAFETY FEATURES
Health Monitoring

All Hydroid AUVs have core systems designed to monitor the status and operation of essential components. Health monitoring includes batteries, motors, sensors and communications as well as conditions such as depth or water ingress. If an abnormality is detected, then an alarm is raised. During supervised missions this will be transmitted to the operator enabling them to decide if the vehicle should return from its mission. When the vehicle is operating autonomously, the response to an alarm is determined by the preselected response listed in the mission plan. This could include an emergency abort to preserve vehicle security.

Communication and Tracking

Operators can monitor the AUV’s progress and status via an acoustic link. This also enables amendments to the mission plan to be sent to the vehicle along with position updates if required. The HiPAP or Ranger positioning systems provide acoustic aiding to the on-board IMU and DVL equipment to make the realtime position solution as accurate as possible. Some Hydroid AUVs also transmit real-time side scan and bathymetry data back to the operator acoustically. This data is displayed on the payload computer screen to give the operations team confidence that the mission is progressing as planned and there are no gaps in the data. When the AUVs are on the surface, they can communicate via Wi-Fi or radio with the operator. They are also equipped with GPS receivers to update the IMU position with the most accurate information available.

Emergency Localization

To assist with emergency localization and recovery operations, the AUVs can be equipped with emergency radio beacons, strobe lights and satellite communications. In the event of an emergency ascent, the position and status of the vehicle can be sent via the Iridium network to the operators and home base simplifying postemergency localization. If two-way satellite communication is enabled, a revised mission plan can be sent to the vehicle from anywhere in the world.