Bluefin Robotics' hull inspection UUV completes government testing
Quincy, Mass., 3 Aug. 2012. Bluefin Robotics, a provider of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for U.S. Navy programs, has announced that the HAUV-3, a hovering underwater robot, has completed government acceptance testing as the production system for the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) hull unmanned underwater vehicle localization systems (HULS).
The Navy also conducted a series of environmental tests consisting of freezing, shaking, and baking one of the vehicles and its support equipment. Testing showed specific areas for ruggedization in order to optimize the system for harsh conditions. After the tests were complete, operators were able to power up all of the vehicle subsystems.
In 2011, Bluefin Robotics was awarded a contract modification from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head to move the system design into production. Since then, Bluefin has delivered one system, which constitutes two vehicles and support equipment. Two additional systems are currently in production as well.