Squash and Stretch
The EcoMapper, developed by YSI, is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed specifically for mapping water quality, water currents and bathymetry.
The EcoMapper is approximately 1.6m long, with a .14m diameter. It can carry a variety of sensors in its nose cone, such as; conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD), chlorophyll, and dissolved oxygen. At an average speed of 2 knots, it can operate for approximately 8-10 hours, depending on its sensor suite.
RESL's EcoMapper is equipped with a 6-beam DVL, which can be used for navigation and bathymetry measurements, and a side-scan sonar which can be used for bottom mapping. Furthermore we work on extending its autonomy by creating on-board processing and control mechanisms.