Mini Case Study – From Concept to Product in 100 days – ‘How to’ design a UUV – Dynautics Phantom UUV

When customers demand a product in double quick time, you have to step up and take the challenge. That is what happened when the US Navy wanted a specific UUV and approached Dynautics.

Some customers you just can’t say ‘no’ to, so we took on the challenge. The US Navy, being the US Navy, had a very tight specification and we had the simulation software (AUV SIM) and proven control and guidance technology with the Underwater Spectre firmware and hardware to make it a fair fight. Combining these tools, technologies and rapid prototyping techniques and the products were delivered, tested and accepted within 100 days, start to finish! We are now offering the same services to others including a fully customisable design to suits customers mission requirements. Let us know your mission.

Example of custom boat design

Custom boat design using USV control system from Dynautics

We are a trusted technology partner across a wide range of vehicle designers providing Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) control systems and design support to the creation of customs boats. Engaging in early design discussions provides an opportunity to provide input to an efficient hull and propulsion design. Our simulation (ShipSim) process helps accelerate the development by reducing the design iterations. The simulation process allows us optimise the hull design, and the propulsion type and configuration.

In the situation where the vehicle design is already defined, the simulation process can be used to assess performance and pre-tune the autopilot, prior to ‘wet’ trials, reducing the time to launch.

Payload integration including power management, data logging and communication can be undertaken reliably and rapidly, utilising established technology that has a proven track record.

MAR’s WAM-V 16 Unmanned vessel is an innovative craft which required custom electronics. Through collaboration we rapidly deployed our standard range of electronics modules to provide a reliable control system, including Dynautics collision avoidance system and a deployment system for a Multibeam echosounder (MBES).

Dynautics – designed electronics

  • PMM – Power Management Module
  • SPECTRE 2 – Autopilot
  • Torqeedo twin-engine adapter
  • Data Logger
  • UHF modem interface
  • Iridium Sat communication interface
  • Differential actuator drive
  • Joystick and Joystick Modem

Other electronics integrated

  • Simrad – 4G radar
  • Garmin – GPS
  • AIS – Raymarine
  • Torqeedo – Cruise 2000 – Electric outboard motors.
C A Module