YSI EcoMapper AUV

This water quality AUV has a YSI 6600 V2 bulkhead built in for collection of up to 10 water quality parameters in large water bodies. Other features include side-scan sonar imaging and a Doppler velocity log for accurate navigation below surface.

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The EcoMapper™ AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) with YSI's 6-Series sensors provides researchers and scientists with a data collection platform unmatched in its flexibility and capability. This vehicle can measure water quality, currents, and bathymetry at a continuous interval for missions ranging from 8-12 hours long.

  • Flexible options for water quality, bottom mapping, and water current profiling
  • Also option for side-scan sonar
  • Deployable by one person
  • Easy and fast mission planning
  • 8-12 hour run times at speeds of 2-4 knots
  • Continuous data stream as vehicle moves through water column

Features Include:

  • Vehicle is easily deployed by one person
  • Wide-area survey without a workboat or associated staff
  • Intuitive mission-planning software for quick and easy survey design and execution
  • Undulation through the water column provides data in both the horizontal and vertical planes
  • Geo-referenced data
  • Options to measure up to 8 water quality parameters, bottom mapping, and water profiling
  • Reliable autonomous platform with DVL
  • Robust and simple to use – minimal operator training
  • Bow with integrated sensor package includes YSI's water quality sensor bulkhead, and depth sounder
  • Rugged, lightweight carbon fiber and marine-grade aluminum construction
  • Launch from the shore or small boat
  • Li-Ion batteries = long run-time and quick recharge
  • Near-coastal operating depth — bays, rivers, lakes (to 328 ft depth)
  • Built-in moisture detectors with fail-safe emergency buoyancy system for asset recovery
Communication 2.4 GHz radio link when on the surface to download missions and upload collected data
Control Four independent control planes
Diameter 5.8 in, 14.73 cm
Length 60.1 in, 152.6 cm standard; 63.6 in, 160.8 cm with DVL
Weight 45 lbs, 20.4 kg standard; 60 lbs, 27.2 kg with DVL
Endurance 8-12 hours at speed of 2.5 knots
Energy 600-800 WHrs of rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries (>300 cycles)
External Hook-up — Data Wireless 802.11g 2.4 Ghz Ethernet
External Hook-up — Power 10-pin DC charge voltage in
Navigation Surface: GPS (WAAS corrected); Subsurface: Bottom tracking or water tracking with DVL; or dead reckoning with compass
Onboard Electronics Intel processor with Windows XP; 80 GB disk drive for data collection
Propulsion System 3-blade propeller
Sensors CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth); salinity; blue-green algae; chlorophyll; dissolved oxygen; ORP; pH; rhodamine; turbidity
Sonar Side-scan
Speed Range 1-4 knots
Doppler Velocity Log 6-Beam DVL for navigation, bathymetry, current profiling (down)
10-Beam DVL for navigation, bathymetry, current profiling (up and down)