In early 2012 Marine Robotics Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland completed its final testing program for the SQX-500 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). While the SQX-500 has a twin-pod design configuration similar to that of the Woods Hole Seabed AUV, it employs a unique and patent-pending vector thrusting system for propulsion and control that deliver very high manoeuverability and allow the vehicle to hover under a range of conditions.

The AUV’s principal payloads include a side scan sonar system, the L-3 Klein UUV-3500, and a colour video capture system which in the course of recent sea trials captured some compelling footage.

David Shea, lead engineer on the development of this leading-edge marine technology, is planning to give a presentation on the findings and results of the research and development. This event is hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Section of the Oceanic Engineering Society, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapters of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Marine Technology Society.  As part of the hosts’ Technical Lecture Program series, Shea will make his presentaion on Wednesday, November 21, at 7:00 pm in Room EN4000 (Engineering Board Room) of the S.J. Carew Building, at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s. NL.

Entitled, “Acceptance Testing of the Marine Robotics Inc. SQX-500 AUV in Conception Bay, Newfoundland” the presentation will include an overview of the final design configuration including mission planning and control features of the SQX-500 and its control system.  describe the final acceptance testing program and present side scan and video data captured in Conception Bay including some interesting imagery of World War II era shipwrecks near Bell Island.


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