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THURN Group Orders SL40 Autonomous Survey Boat from OceanAlpha

THURN Group (Norwich, UK) has purchased a new SL40 autonomous survey vessel from OceanAlpha (Hong Kong).

2 THURNGroupLogo1The 32kg 1.6m vessel will be equipped with 40Ah of Lithium- Polymer batteries for up to 10-hour endurance at survey speeds, with waterjet propulsion, data and control telemetry, a video monitoring system, collision avoidance sensors, and USV mission planning software.

THURN's Marine Robotics and Autonomy Product Development group at Acle, on the edge of the picturesque Norfolk Broads in the UK, has purchased the SL40 for integration with a range of sonar (and other water measurement) systems. THURN Group develops integrated solutions for nearshore, port, river and lake applications, and offers them for sale to survey operators and end-users worldwide. The SL40 USV complements THURN's airborne rotocopter drones, which can carry small sonar and other sensors on short autonomous missions to inaccessible and denied areas.

3 SL40 nobackgroundTom Hiller, General Manager at THURN, stated "We have been working with OceanAlpha on system integrations for a while now, and I'm looking forward to getting one of their mid- range vessels at the Acle base so we can look at new ways to provide our customers with better survey capabilities in inland waters. Already we see synergies between swath surveys using the SL40 while a rotocopter drone from THURN does the SV dips. We are now reaching out to sonar manufacturers: if you have a solution that addresses a nearshore, river or lake challenge, and are interested in your sensors being part of an airborne or surface autonomous system, then please get in touch with the team at Acle.”

Sam Li, Sales Manager at OceanAlpha, said “We are excited to work with THURN. Our autonomous systems provide excellent value to our customers, especially when combined with THURN’s rich experience in system integration, product development and sales & service. Through this partnership with THURN we are expanding the global autonomous system markets and applications, improving safety, efficiency and accuracy.”


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