Sailbuoy Unmanned Surface Vehicle as an active acoustic measurement platform for biomass detection and monitoring; sensor integration, tests, and demonstration mission

The Sailbuoy is a low cost autonomous ocean platform capable of deployments for extended periods of time, and part of a new generation of vehicles designed for marine observations enabling scientists to expand and intensify the study and monitoring of seas and oceans.

A custom version of the Sailbuoy was developed for near-real-time active acoustic monitoring of the water column. The “acoustic Sailbuoy” has the ability to collect, process and transmit echosounder data to shore. Raw data is stored in the buoy, for further post-processing after the end of each mission.

Autonomous vehicles are a valuable supplement to research vessels in data collection at sea, greatly improving spatial and temporal coverage. There is also an increasing interest in marine and maritime industries for employing autonomous systems at sea.