Boeing undersea vehicle operates autonomously for months

By on 15 March, 2016
Echo Voyager

At 51 feet Boeing’s latest UUV, the Echo Voyager, is also its largest. Photo credit: Boeing.

 

Boeing has introduced its latest unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), the Echo Voyager. Capable of operating autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay, the Echo Voyager is expected to greatly improve ocean exploration and mapping efforts.

The 51-foot-long vehicle is not only autonomous while underway, but it can also be launched and recovered without the support ships that normally assist UUVs. Echo Voyager is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger.

“Echo Voyager is a new approach to how unmanned undersea vehicles will operate and be used in the future,” said Darryl Davis, president, Boeing Phantom Works. “Our investments in innovative technologies such as autonomous systems are helping our customers affordably meet mission requirements now and in the years to come.”

“Echo Voyager can collect data while at sea, rise to the surface, and provide information back to users in a near real-time environment,” said Lance Towers, director, Sea & Land, Boeing Phantom Works. “Existing UUVs require a surface ship and crew for day-to-day operations. Echo Voyager eliminates that need and associated costs.”

Echo Voyager will begin sea trials off the California coast later this summer. Boeing has designed and operated manned and unmanned deep sea systems since the 1960s.

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