The Boeing Company’s Liquid Robotics (Stand S9-174), a leader in long-duration unmanned surface vehicles, has announced the next generation of its Wave Glider, with advancements to the platform’s operational range, and performance for missions in high sea states (6 and greater) and high latitudes, including the Arctic (latitude of 78.76N0) and the Southern Ocean (64.8S).
Changes also include expanded sensor payloads and increased energy and storage capacity required for long-duration maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring and observation missions in locations too remote or dangerous for manned systems. An anti-biofouling copper coating improves system performance and simplifies maintenance.
Roger Hine, chief technology officer and co-founder of Liquid Robotics, said: ‘‘With our next-generation Wave Glider, we’ve applied learning from approximately 100 years of cumulative water time to enhance an already well-proven design. The result is that our Wave Gliders are better prepared than ever before to tackle the dull and dangerous missions.’’
For existing customers, an upgrade kit has been developed to expand the capabilities of their existing Wave Glider to match those of the new platform. All sensor integration validated on the current platform is compatible with the new system without new certification.
General availability for this new version is October 2017.