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Bluefin-9 Simplifies Underwater Planning & Monitoring

Posted by Michelle Howard

The Bluefin Operator Tool Suite is a comprehensive software package for underwater missions and is included with the purchase of a Bluefin-9 UUV.

This Windows-based tool suite provides everything necessary to run and manage the system, including vehicle check-out and testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.

Mission Planning & Verification
The Bluefin Mission Planner graphical tool provides an intuitive interface to pre-plan your survey mission. Operators can specify safety settings, operational constraints, recovery points and return plans. The Mission Planner also allows customer-specific commands to be sent via the Standard Payload Interface.

Full Integration of SeeByte Seetrack 4
The Bluefin-9 fully supports SeeByte's SeeTrack 4, which allows the user to graphically plan missions on nautical charts and specify operational and safety limits, recovery points and return plans. SeeTrack can display previously collected mission data that allows the user to plan the next mission with full situational awareness.

Vehicle Testing, Checkout and Mission Monitoring
Bluefin Dashboard enables the operator to track vehicles against a chart-based interface that includes ship position indicators, mission plans and a variety of operator-specified annotations. Vehicle status is displayed to the operator via an intuitive interface. Bluefin Dashboard automatically shifts communications to the highest bandwidth channel available, providing you with a dynamic gateway to the vehicle. A variety of specialized diagnostic interfaces aid the preventative and corrective maintenance procedures for each sensor and subsystem.

Graphical User Interface
The Bluefin Dashboard interface provides monitoring and control capabilities for the UUVs while on a sortie. Bluefin Dashboard provides detailed status and control of individual vehicle subsystems from pre-dive checkout through recovery. The Bluefin-9 uses a variety of communication methods to communicate between the UUV and topside equipment. Operators are able to communicate with multiple vehicles when they are underwater, on surface, over the horizon or on deck.

The Bluefin-9 Collect High Resolution Imagery of the Seafloor
The Bluefin-9's tightly integrated commercial off-the-shelf sensors deliver best-in-class imagery and collect bathymetric and environmental data, including data on water currents, temperature, salinity and turbidity. Designed for detailed hydrographic surveys, the Bluefin-9 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is outfitted with Sonardyne Solstice Multi-Aperture Sonar (MAS) that provides high-resolution imagery even in littoral waters.


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