Riptide Autonomous Solutions provides affordable tool for UUV Developers

The micro-UUV is a flexible and affordable tool ideally suited for developers of autonomy and behaviors, power systems, subsea sensors, and new payloads. With a base system price under $15,000 it opens affordable UUV operations to any organization with undersea survey or science requirements. The micro-UUV has been delivered with sonar payloads, acoustic comms, 360 degree cameras, as well as flooded payload sections for custom end-user applications. These payloads illustrate the high degree of configuration flexibility designed into the micro-UUV and it is important to note that the Riptide µUUV with a side scan sonar is more affordable than the nearest competitive vehicle without sensors.

“2016 was an exceptional growth year for us,” said Jeff Smith, Riptide’s President.

“During 2016 Riptide built over two dozen systems and delivered systems to multiple military, academic and commercial customers. We built up a solid backlog of vehicle orders as well as added multiple new development program wins. .”

Riptide’s rapid design and manufacturing approach is based on open hardware and software which enabled accelerated development of new features for the micro-UUV and allowed for rapid integration of new payloads. Riptide also completed a significant reduction to vehicle hotel power while extending the vehicle’s operating depth to 300 meters (1000 feet).

“We look forward to sharing our latest product configurations with OINA visitors in San Diego and will be prepared to discuss new application areas and customer requirements on site, as well as what’s next for Riptide.” Smith said.

About Riptide

Riptide Autonomous Solutions is a small business focused on Unmanned Maritime Vehicle (UMV) development and production. Riptide’s flagship product is the Micro-UUV, a highly flexible, open source autonomous undersea vehicle that provides a state-of- the-art, low cost solution for operators and developers of UMVs.

For more information, please contact Jeff Smith, President of Riptide at 617-820-4586 or [email protected]

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Patrick Egan

Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).