Riptide Autonomous Solutions launched its second generation “micro” unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) product during Oceanology International 2018 in London.
According to the manufacturer, the new MK II product has focused on performance and manufacturability improvements over the existing MK I µUUV. Through a near-total redesign of internal electronics the new MKII µUUV offers a nearly 70 percent reduction in hotel load power to 3.5 Watts, extending vehicle endurance across the vehicle speed regime.
In addition, new manufacturing approaches, including increased use of molded, rather than 3-D printed, parts allow for expanded depth ratings, faster production times and improved quality assurance.
John Vestri, Chief Operating Office of Riptide, said, “The MK II µUUV is a significant step forward for Riptide. It advances our mission of deeper, faster, further UUVs for our diverse customer base.”
The user-friendly features of the Riptide family including payload versatility and open architecture remain significant benefits of the MK II design, the manufacturer noted.
Riptide’s open source software has continued to expand with updated mission planning, vehicle checkout and mission sortie execution tools. The MK II µUUV offers a 300m depth rating, speeds over 10 knots, and has endurance of 40+ hours at 2 knots without a payload on alkaline batteries. At base prices below $15,000 the MK II µUUV value proposition is unique in the market.
At Oceanology International the MKII µUUV received significant interest, according to Riptide’s CEO, Jeff Smith: “The µUUV really stood out for its high performance and affordable price, despite a growing number of lower-performing, higher cost, entries into the market,” Smith said. “We are looking forward to upcoming milestones including the upcoming delivery of our 100th vehicle. Stay tuned.”
Riptide is now taking orders for the second generation MK II µUUV and has begun shipping the new MK IIs.