This week Aquabotix officially launched SwarmDiver at Sea Air and Space 2018. SwarmDiver is a micro swarming unmanned surface vehicle (USV) capable of diving to 50 meters and swarming in groups of 40 or more vehicles. Ocean swarming technologies are just beginning to emerge, and SwarmDiver is a great addition to the market. A swarm is a series of small, cost-effective unmanned vehicles launched from any platform of opportunity which can operate collectively to quickly gather data and report back in near real-time. The swarming algorithm allows vehicles to communicate with each other to make decisions as a group. This allows SwarmDiver to quickly and accurately self-arrange in various swarm formations as well as dive simultaneously to collect synoptic data sets.
SwarmDiver is the perfect tool for the next generation of defense and ocean research applications where speed of data collection and distribution of vehicle systems is critical for success. SwarmDiver is small, smart, and rugged, designed for use in the most challenging marine environments, including sustained surf zone operation. With the ability to be outfitted with customized payloads and sensors, SwarmDiver meets a wide range of mission profiles.