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aPad

a revolutionary multipurpose platform

What is aPad?

aPad is an autonomous unmanned surface platform specialized for seafloor and surface surveying, mapping and inspection.
Thanks to innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment it can also serve as a support vehicle for AUVs or divers providing two-way communication, tracking and monitoring of equipment and personnel.

Due to its modular nature and clever design it can easily be operated by a single person. This means logistics and deployment are simpler than with any other similar vehicle!
By using different sensors on board or configuration options, platform can be modified for a new mission in under an hour!

Payload

Depending on the mission you plan to execute, different software and sensor payload is necessary. In addition to the standard payload we support (listed below), we can integrate any sensorics you might already have at your company/institution. Contact us to discuss options!

Navigation Software / Algorithms Sensors
IMU Autopilot Dry / wet camera
GPS / RTK Application-specific software Environmental sensors
USBL Mission planning Laser scanner
    Kinect
    ADCP

Navigation

  • IMU
  • GPS/RTK
  • USBL

Software/Algorithms

  • Autopilot
  • Application-specific software
  • Mission planning

Sensors

  • Dry / wet camera
  • Environmental sensors
  • Laser scanner
  • Kinect
  • ADCP

Options

In some cases using aPad as an omni-directional platform is not suitable. For example, mapping a large area, pipeline or river bottom require faster operation and longer range. This is where catamaran and gasoline options of aPad come handy!

CATAMARAN

INCREASE SPEED AND RANGE

This option modifies the physical layout of the vehicle by lifting it up onto two floaters which, together with refitting the thrusters, makes the vehicle more suitable for long-range scanning operations.

GASOLINE

INCREASE AUTONOMY

This is an additional option which can be combined with the catamaran option, giving the vehicle even greater range for most enduring missions.

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