Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV)

The University of South Florida's Unmanned Surface Vehicle was originally developed as a low cost alternative for testing and deploying environmental and oceanographic instrumentation under development at USF.  The incorporation of commercial off the shelf components has kept development costs low and has provided a high level of reliability.

The Unmanned Surface Vehicle is a catamaran design with a central T shaped chassis that supports the instrumentation, power, communications and the control system. The three hundred and fifty pounds of buoyancy is provided by two six foot polyethylene pontoons. 

Specification

Size

Length

Width

Draft

 

1.9meters

1.2meters

0.3meters

Weight

Without payload

With payload

 

Less than 75lbs

Up to 325lbs

Speed

Up to 4knots

Endurance

> two hours

Communications

IEEE 802.11G

Video

0.9GHz, 1.2GHz, 2.4GHz

Controls

Auto/Teleoperated

One focus for our group at USF is to increase the use of USV's as environmental monitoring tools.  The current USV has deployed numerous instrumentation packages under various conditions. Some of these instruments are listed below;

Instrument

Manufacturer

Sonde 6600  series

YSI

DIDSON acoustic camera

Sound Metrics

InSpectre underwater mass spectrometer

AML / USF

SAFire

WET Lab

Fluorometers

 

Falmouth, AML, YSI, Rhodamine, Chlorophyll

 

CTDs

USF, RBR, AML, SeaBird

TNT Sensor

USF-STG

Hydrophone

 

SIPPER plankton imager

USF