SeaRobotics to manufacture Lockheed Martin’s deepwater AUV

Offshore staff

PALM BEACH, Florida Lockheed Martin has selected SeaRobotics Corp. as the original equipment manufacturer for its Marlin Mk3 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed for survey and inspection applications in depths up to 4,000 m (13,123 ft).

Designed for deepwater applications such as pipeline inspection, deepwater survey, and life of field support services for oil and gas, the Marlin Mk3’s modular, plug and play mission package architecture and dual AUV/ROV propulsion modes can perform a wide range of deepwater geophysical survey and structural integrity management inspection operations. 

The company says the AUV can be outfitted with sensor packages including multi-beam, side scan, 3D, sub-bottom profiler, and synthetic aperture sonars, as well as high resolution video, still photo, and laser profilers, enabling advanced autonomous data acquisition, processing, analysis and response. 

Its 44-kWh battery capacity provides mission endurance up to 24 hours and an operational range greater than 100 km (62 mi) before recharging is required, according to the company.

Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics, said: “Lockheed Martin’s extensive AUV development expertise, coupled with SeaRobotics’ comprehensive commercial design, manufacturing, and offshore support capabilities, forms a team that is fully capable of delivering Marlin’s game-changing technology to commercial markets.”


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