The Unmanned and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV/UUV) and Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) autopilot is based on the SPECTRE autopilot board and has been installed on many different types of submersible vehicles. The subsurface autopilot uses SPECTRE and is suitable for controlling a wide range of vehicles:
- A manned submersible, for example a Swimmer Delivery Vessel (SDV) and mini-submarine.
- Semi-submersible autonomous vehicles with or without physical data link to an operator workstation.
- An ROV with an umbilical data link to the operator workstation.
- An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (AUV/UUV) with intermittent communications to a remote host, e.g. using acoustic communications.
- A completely autonomous AUV / UUV operating ‘fire and forget’ missions. The SPECTRE autopilot offers heading, speed, track, attitude and depth/height control.
A remote operator, located on land or on a support ship, can track the progress of the vehicle visually on screen and control the vehicle, by communicating with the SPECTRE module on board the vehicle, either by RF or satcomms when surfaced, or via an acoustic link such as the Sonardyne 6G. Data from the navigational instruments on board the vehicle are sent back to the remote control workstation and used to display the progress of the vehicle on screen (see RCW software).