OceanScan-MST Uses iXblue Phins for Lightweight AUVs
iXblue’s Phins Compact Series has been selected by OceanScan-MST, the Portugal-based manufacturer of the lightweight, cost-effective AUV (LAUV), to equip three new vehicles. To respond to end-user demand for a higher position accuracy with a small size factor and lower cost, OceanScan-MST opted for the Phins C3.
Built on iXblue’s fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology, the Phins compact series is a fully scalable system designed to offer the AUV industry the ability to choose an inertial navigation system adapted to their vehicle, whatever their size, mission and budget. The FOG technology is silent (no interference with sonars and other acoustic payloads) and has limited power consumption.
The Phins compact series provides position, true heading, attitude, speed, heave and depth for shallow- and deep-water operations. Its performance is rooted in its high-accuracy inertial measurement unit, which can be interfaced to third-party DVLs for optimum positioning of the subsea vehicle. Phins compact INS does not require any specific aiding sensor to complete alignment (no magnetometer or dual antenna), allowing easier integration and ensuring the best performance in all sea conditions. —iXblue