Unmanned WAM-V®

The WAM-V technology is uniquely suited for unmanned operation.

WAM-V USVs maximize the advantages of control system miniaturization with low weight vessels. Designed specifically for unmanned applications, the WAM-V USVs are ready to receive and respond to instrument and control packages. The top deck easily accommodates these packages in the highest position, free of obstructions.

The 2:1 length-to-beam ratio, suspension system and articulating joints provide excellent stability in a wide range of sea states and shock mitigation to C4 and payload packages.

The elevated central structure allows for direct vertical (helicopter-like) deployment and retrieval of payload. WAM-V USVs can launch, recover and recharge UUVs/AUVs. No over-the-side cranes or booms, which can compromise vessel stability and payload integrity, are required.

Using the foldable feature of the WAM-V USV, the footprint of the vessel can be reduced by up to 75%. The vessel can be launched in the folded configuration by a crane, A-frame, stern ramp or drogue system for RIBs and then remotely unfolded. This allows the WAM-V USV to be deployed and to carry out missions, e.g. UUV deployment and retrieval, when other vessels of comparable size cannot.

The inflatable hulls, suspension system and articulating joints give the WAM-V a soft presence. For example: the inflatable hulls protect the vessel in accidental collisions and groundings.

We believe that the WAM-V vessel class will fulfill multiple mission requirements at lower cost and with better performance than other USV technologies and that the WAM-V vessel class will become the standard platform for USV applications.

 

Technology Advantages

  • Modularity: Several applications can be performed by the same vessel with appropriate modular packages
  • Scalability: WAM-V USVs can be built in different sizes to match payload requirements
  • Reduced footprint: up to 75% less volume for shipping, storage and/or transportation aboard a larger vessel
  • Maneuverability, stability and excellent seakeeping
  • Ideal instrument package position
  • Easy payload delivery and retrieval to and from ocean surface

 

Typical Applications

  • Port & riverine operations and surveillance
  • Launch and recovery (LAR) of small to large AUVs/UUVs/ROVs
  • Manatee/Whale Speed Zone Enforcement
  • Surveillance of remote Marine Protected Areas & fishing grounds
  • Deployment/retrieval of oceanographic sensors
  • WAM-V USV outfitted with mini-typhoon guns, night vision cameras, CVLWT and dipping sonar to locate submarines.
  • WAM-V USVs can provide Protected Passage and Sea Shield capabilities.
  • WAM-V USV outfitted with UUV/AUV equipped with expendable mine neutralization system (EMNS).
  • MIO (drug smuggling, aliens, contraband)
  • Survey work, e.g. bathymetry, UXO detection, dredging survey
  • Offshore oil platform surveillance

 

Examples of Applications

16’ WAM-V USVx

For 2014, Google and Marine Advanced Research have teamed up to create the first ever street-view-like experience from the water. The Google Trekker, mounted on the 16’ WAM-V USVx, collects the images for the all new coast view along the San Francisco waterfront. Click here to see the WAM-V USV + Google Trekker and access the collection.

In 2013 the 16’ WAM-V USVx was selected by ONR and the AUVSI Foundation as the sole platform for all competitors in the Maritime RobotX Challenge. The vessel was first introduced at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2013 in Washington D.C.

The 16’ WAM-V USVx can be disassembled by two people into 7 components in less than 3 minutes — reducing the footprint by 65%. She can easily be deployed from ships and small craft with limited manpower.

16’ WAM-V USVx Specifications
Length:16’
Beam:8’
Payload:350 lbs.
Propulsion:2 x Cruise 2.0 electric outboards
Batteries:4 x 105 Ah Li NMC
Max Speed:11 knots
Range:100 nm at 3 knots
30 nm at 10 knots
Platform Weight:400 lbs
Draft:6”

Download 16’ WAM-V USVx Leaflet PDF.

For more information about the Maritime RobotX Challenge, please visit www.robotx.org.

 

12’ WAM-V USV

The 12’ WAM-V USV was introduced at MACC in Norfolk, VA and at AUVSI USIC in San Diego in 2009. Later in the year it was delivered to a major university, to be used as a platform for research on autonomous operation.

12’ WAM-V USV Specifications
Design Software:Autodesk Inventor Professional
Displacement:150 lbs without payload
Dimensions:Length 12 feet.
Beam: 6 feet.
Draft: 4 inches
Power Plant:Two Zenoah G260 PUM 25cc Gas Engines
Speed:Up to 15 knots
Range:Up to 50 miles
Payload:60 to 100 lbs. (8.5” diameter or 10.5” diameter hulls)

Download 12’ WAM-V USV Leaflet PDF.

12’ WAM-V USV Performance Testing
© 2010 The Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety, Virginia Tech. All rights reserved
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder

 

14’ WAM-V USVe

The first 14’ WAM-V USVe, a fully electric version, was constructed during the first half of 2012 and delivered to a major university, to be used as a platform for research on autonomous operation and for launch and recovery of AUVs. It combines the advantage of a small size platform with the carrying capacity to deploy a small AUV without the use of an over-the-side crane or cumbersome aft deployment system. The WAM-V USVe can vertically deploy and retrieve from the central payload location to the water surface.

14’ WAM-V USVe Specifications
Design Software:Autodesk Inventor Professional
Displacement:270 lbs without payload
Dimensions:Length 14 feet.
Beam: 7 feet.
Draft: 5 inches
Power Plant:Two NeuMotor brushless motors
Speed:Up to 7 knots
Range:Up to 10 miles
Payload:60 to 250 lbs

Download 14’ WAM-V USVe Leaflet PDF.

14’ WAM-V USVe Performance Testing
© 2012 Marine Advanced Research. All rights reserved.

14’ WAM-V USVe Assembly Procedure
© 2012 Marine Advanced Research. All rights reserved.

14’ WAM-V USVe Disassembly Procedure
© 2012 Marine Advanced Research. All rights reserved.

 

33’ WAM-V USV

In 2010, under a NAVSEA contract, Marine Advanced Research developed the concept design of a 33 ft WAM-V USV that can hydraulically fold to fit in a standard 20 ft container. When folded, the footprint of this craft is 70% smaller than the fully deployed configuration. She can be launched from a trailer or deployed from a ship in her folded position. While in the water, she can go from her folded position to fully deployed configuration, or vice versa, in less than 2 minutes with the push of a button. The 33’ WAM-V USV is designed for brown to blue water applications, with the following specifications:

33’ WAM-V USV Specifications
(Foldable to fit inside a standard 20ft ISO container)
Design Software:Autodesk Inventor Professional
Displacement:3,000 lbs without payload
Dimensions:Deployed Configuration:
Length 33 feet.
Beam: 16 feet.
Draft: 12 inches
Folded Configuration:
Length 19 feet.
Beam: 7 feet.
Draft: 12 inches
Power Plant:(2) 110 hp gas engines with jet pumps
or
(2) gas outboards
Speed:22 knots max speed
3 knots loiter speed
Range:Up to 500 nautical miles
Payload:800 - 1200 lbs.

Download 33’ WAM-V USV Leaflet PDF.

The 33’ WAM-V USV was introduced at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2011 in Washington, D.C. Early in 2012 she was delivered to the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), to be used as a platform for marine suspension analysis and optimization.

33’ WAM-V USV Performance Testing
© 2012 Marine Advanced Research. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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