The Iver 3 autonomous underwater vehicle (Credit: Michigan Tech)
Michigan Tech has acquired a “third-generation” autonomous underwater vehicle to aid in research, according to a release. Named Iver 3, it will enhance efforts of the Great Lakes Research Center.
Iver 3 has a bevy of advanced technology to boast: two dual-processor computers, Wi-Fi, GPS, sonar and sensors for tracking water flow and the speed of sound. Researchers at the GLRC say the enhancements make it an impressive research tool.
The AUV can be used to generate survey maps of underwater areas, as well as for studying currents. Data it collects can be used to better climatic equations, and the GLRC is also considering using it to track pipelines or cables underwater, a capability which could become needed if more wind energy sources are developed in the Great Lakes.
Image: The Iver 3 autonomous underwater vehicle (Credit: Michigan Tech)