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New INS ideal for autonomous platforms

A new third-generation inertial navigation system (INS) is on its way to join a marine robotics and autonomy team thanks to survey services specialist Swathe Services.

Representing 10 industry-leading manufacturers, Swathe Services supplies leading-edge survey technology and equipment for sale or hire, along with specialist hydrographic personnel, consultancy, training and complete customer support. The company is to supply the new SBG INS to THURN Group’s Marine Robotics and Autonomy Product Development team, based in Norfolk, UK

The SBG Ellipse-D system will be a key component in the further development of a range of rotocopter-drone and USV-carried integrated survey systems for nearshore, port, river and lake applications.  THURN Group is the first in the UK to order the new 3rd generation Ellipse-D.  The first deployment will be on an autonomous survey boat with further deployments planned with sonar systems on hex-copter drones.

Tom Hiller, General Manager at THURN, stated “The Ellipse-D system has been chosen for its high level of performance in a very compact form factor, ideal for our small unmanned vessels and airborne autonomous platforms.  SBG’s long experience and understanding of the marine sector…should ensure the INS will perform well in the complex environments that THURN’s customers encounter daily.   We’ll be putting this first system through some tough tests and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”

Swathe Services Managing Director, James Williams, commented ‘The THURN Group is an established technology company representing some great first-class manufacturers and the purchase of the new Ellipse V3, will allow them to further develop their own technology solutions cost effectively and with superior performance.’

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