VCT Delivers HarborScan Unmanned Vehicle to NOAA for Disaster Response

July 12, 2012 - via VCT

Reston, VA – 9 July 2012 - Vehicle Control Technologies (VCT) is pleased to announce that VCT’s HarborScan UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle), equipped with L-3 Klein’s UUV 3500 Side Scan Sonar, is now available to the AUV/UUV commercial and military markets.  HarborScan has completed extensive acceptance testing with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is now considered fully operational.
Coupling ease of use with L-3 Klein’s photo-quality side scan sonar imaging, HarborScan is ready to complete disaster response, coastal surveys, environmental assessments, harbor security, mine-like object/IED identification, search and salvage, and hull scanning missions.
HarborScan is a two-man portable 7 ½” diameter AUV, 98” in length with a maximum operating depth of 300 meters. Navigation sensors include GPS, DVL and INS.

Like all VCT vehicles, HarborScan is controlled by an engineered autopilot that is designed for stability and angular rate steadiness across the vehicle’s entire operational envelope. It also features roll control that improves side scan sonar performance.
HarborScan’s open-architecture software provides user-configurable xml-based fault monitoring; detailed, accessible data logging; an easy-to-use software update process; and mission command transmission via acoustic communications and Iridium.
HarborScan features a unique modular design with one module containing all the vehicle’s moving parts.  This propulsion and control module can be replaced using a standard hex wrench in about 30 minutes.
VCT and L-3 Klein are proud to bring this latest entry to market. Both L3-Klein (side scan sonars) and VCT (undersea vehicles) are leading-edge developers of their respective product lines. With HarborScan, L-3 Klein and VCT have combined the latest technologies from both the AUV and side scan imaging fields.
VCT has industry-leading expertise in design, modeling, and simulation of vehicle maneuvering and dynamics as well as hardware and autopilot software for UUVs, towed and tethered vehicles. VCT’s product line includes reconfigurable vehicles that can be equipped as either a tow body or a UUV, so customers don't have to invest in two systems to get the benefits of both.  With rapid turnaround of vehicle geometry updates and modifications, VCT is responsive to feature and customization requests.
L-3 Klein is a leading supplier of side scan sonar equipment, integrated bridge systems, navigation products and waterside security and surveillance systems. L-3 Klein’s side scan sonar systems are respected as the standard of excellence in the industry and are deployed by governments, navies, port authorities, surveyors, oil companies and universities worldwide. L-3 Klein’s sonar systems and derivatives have been used to locate the Titanic, wreckage of the US Space Shuttle, and downed aircraft including TWA Flt 800, Swiss Air Flt 111, John F. Kennedy Jr’s plane and Egypt Air 990.

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