General Dynamics Mission Systems (Bluefin Robotics Products)

SeeByte’s commercial partnership with General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin Robotics, a leading provider of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), will couple the Bluefin-21 AUVs with SeeByte’s SeeTrack AutoTracker software system. The software enables AUVs to detect and track a pipeline using existing payload sensors. The technology allows for improved inspection data, time-reductions due to fewer repeat missions and has the ability to reason logically when faced with multiple pipelines or unexpected burials.

The Bluefin-21 AUV equipped with SeeTrack AutoTracker provides the following features:

  • Provides data at a user-defined offset
  • Fuses existing legacy information with real-time sensor data to determine the pipeline position
  • Obtains a full survey record
  • Provides immediate analysis

The combination of Bluefin’s vehicle stability and navigation capabilities, along with SeeTrack AutoTracker’s ability to accurately guide the AUV at a pre-defined offset from the pipeline, stands to provide an excellent data product for rapid and efficient pipeline inspection. Using SeeByte’s SeeTrack AutoTracker software package on the Bluefin-21 AUV will further expand subsea inspection capabilities and provide valuable information to decision-makers.