Our first tests having the AUVs unnatended for long periods of time was successfully accomplished.
We had an AUV operating for 7 hours off Leixões, with the only available links for supervision being GSM and Iridium.
In order to test and validate current-day operational concepts for remotely executed missions, we did a day-long operation off Leixões Harbor.
The vehicle was deployed to the water (inside the Harbor) in the early morning. All commands and monitoring was done via a satellite link with the vehicle and synchronous shore-side simulation that improved situation awareness of the operators during the mission.
Monitoring ship traffic is crucial for creating safe long-endurance plans and monitor traffic in real-time allows preventing collisions. We have installed an AIS station at the OceanScan facilities in Leixões which allows us to do exactly that...