Navy Asks Hydroid to Develop Bathymetry Underwater Sensor for Ocean Floor Mapping

Navy Asks Hydroid to Develop Bathymetry Underwater Sensor for Ocean Floor Mapping image
September 4, 2015 | Source: John Keller, Military Aerospace

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 1 Sept. 2015. U.S. Navy undersea researchers are looking to unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) expert Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass., to provide an underwater sensor able to map the ocean floor.

Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla., have announced a $7.3 million contract to Hydroid to develop and build one prototype bathymetry mapping system sensor suite that represents a sensor version that could be mass-produced.

Navy researchers want Hydroid to develop a bathymetry mapping sensor able to collect and record swath bathymetry and imagery data of the ocean floor. The goal of the project is use or modify existing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology as much as possible.