Bluefin-9 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV)

MOST POWERFUL SENSOR PACKAGE IN A TWO-MAN PORTABLE UUV

The General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin™-9 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle provides unmatched high-resolution data, leading navigation, data processing and mission turnaround time in a two-man portable UUV. Featuring a full carbon fiber body, a carefully selected and smartly integrated suite of sensors, latest generation communications and navigational components, and new onboard processing capabilities, the Bluefin-9 is the professional’s tool to KNOW WHAT’S BELOW.

Standard payloads:

  • Side Scan Sonar With Full Swath Bathymetry
  • HD Machine Vision Camera
  • Sound Velocity Sensor + Temperature + Pressure
  • Turbidity
  • Fluorometry

 

Bluefin-9 Applications

  • Inshore Survey
  • Environmental Protection & Monitoring
  • Hydrographic Mapping
  • Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA)
  • Mine Countermeasure (MCM)
  • Port & Harbor Security
  • Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance

Features

Expeditionary & Simple Logistics For The Most Dynamic Missions

The Bluefin-9’s tightly integrated commercial off-the-shelf sensors deliver best-in-class imagery and collect bathymetric and environmental data, including data on water currents, temperature, salinity and turbidity. Designed for detailed hydrographic surveys, the Bluefin-9 is outfitted with Sonardyne Solstice Multi-Aperture Sonar (MAS) that provides high-resolution imagery even in littoral waters. Solstice delivers undistorted, high contrast imagery in shallow water, where other sensors fail, by using dynamic focusing while allowing for wide swath coverage. The Bluefin-9 is also equipped with Nortek Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) that collect information on water currents up to 30 meters.

Unmatched Data Quality

Bluefin-9’s integrated Sonardyne Solstice multi-aperture side scan sonar delivers a 200 meter swath range and ultra-high along-track resolution of 0.15°.

Precise & Reliable Navigation

The Bluefin-9 provides precise navigation (0.3% D.T. CEP 50) and accurate, geo-referenced data by incorporating a high-performance Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS).

Expeditionary Operation

The Bluefin-9 allows swapping of the 1.9 kWh battery and 1TB Removable Data Storage Module (RDSM) in 30 minutes or less. The modular, free-flooded architecture eases in-field maintenance and minimizes operational down-time. 

Data When You Need It

The Bluefin-9 features advanced on-board data processing that offers operators access to processed sonar and camera data that is ready for post-mission analysis.

 

Operator Tool Suite

Our Operator Tool Suite is a comprehensive UUV software package that provides the interface between the UUV and the operator for all mission phases. The simple user interface maximizes the operator’s effectiveness in UUV operations. This Windows-based tool suite includes everything necessary to run and manage the system, including vehicle check-out and testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.

Mission Planner

Mission Planning and Verification
From within this graphical tool, basic missions are easy to enter and verify, while complex mission plans can be built up from basic survey “widgets.” Mission and safety details are fully accessible, allowing for rapid and accurate mission planning. Planning takes place on top of a chart-based view which accepts raster or digital charts. Operators can specify safety settings, operational constraints, recovery points and return plans. The Mission Planner also allows customer-specific commands to be sent via the Standard Payload Interface.

Dashboard

Vehicle Testing, Checkout and Mission Monitoring
Dashboard tools enable the operator to track vehicles against a chart-based interface which includes ship position indicators, mission plans, and a variety of operator-specified annotations. Vehicle status is readily apparent, including the current behavior as well as details of vehicle status. The Dashboard automatically shifts communications to the highest bandwidth channel available providing you with a dynamic gateway to the vehicle. A variety of specialized diagnostic interfaces aid the preventative and corrective maintenance procedures for each sensor and subsystem. 

Specifications

Technical Specifications

View Datasheet

Diameter

9.375” (23.8 cm) W x 10.375” (26.4 cm) H

Length

95.2” (241.8 cm)

Weight 155 lb. (70 kg) 
Buoyancy

Buoyant in fresh and salt water

Lift Points

Nose and Aft mounted carrying handles for two-man lift

Depth Rating

656’ (200 m)

Energy

1.9 kWh rechargeable Li-Ion battery

Designed for rapid removal and replacement—recharges in six hours using rugged battery charger

Endurance

8hr @ 3kt

Speed

Up to 6.0kt sustained transit, survey at up to 5.0kt

Propulsion

Gimbaled, ducted thruster for propulsion and control

Navigation

Real-time accuracy ≤ 0.3% D.T. CEP 50

GPS (1.0 m CEP 50 accuracy)

Dedicated Inertial Navigation System

Doppler Velocity Log

Integrated Payloads & Sensors

Sonardyne Solstice 3000 Multi-aperture sonar

Removable Data Storage Module (RDSM) w/ Camera

Turbidity and Fluorometer Sensor

Sound Velocity Sensor + Temperature + Pressure

Antenna 

Integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and Iridium w/ visible strobe

Communications

Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Iridium, Acoustic

Safety Systems

Ground Fault Detection, Leak Detection, Independently Powered Emergency Operations System

Software

Bluefin Dashboard and Bluefin Planner

Optional SeeByte SeeTrack v4 interoperability


  • Features

    Features

    Expeditionary & Simple Logistics For The Most Dynamic Missions

    The Bluefin-9’s tightly integrated commercial off-the-shelf sensors deliver best-in-class imagery and collect bathymetric and environmental data, including data on water currents, temperature, salinity and turbidity. Designed for detailed hydrographic surveys, the Bluefin-9 is outfitted with Sonardyne Solstice Multi-Aperture Sonar (MAS) that provides high-resolution imagery even in littoral waters. Solstice delivers undistorted, high contrast imagery in shallow water, where other sensors fail, by using dynamic focusing while allowing for wide swath coverage. The Bluefin-9 is also equipped with Nortek Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) that collect information on water currents up to 30 meters.

    Unmatched Data Quality

    Bluefin-9’s integrated Sonardyne Solstice multi-aperture side scan sonar delivers a 200 meter swath range and ultra-high along-track resolution of 0.15°.

    Precise & Reliable Navigation

    The Bluefin-9 provides precise navigation (0.3% D.T. CEP 50) and accurate, geo-referenced data by incorporating a high-performance Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS).

    Expeditionary Operation

    The Bluefin-9 allows swapping of the 1.9 kWh battery and 1TB Removable Data Storage Module (RDSM) in 30 minutes or less. The modular, free-flooded architecture eases in-field maintenance and minimizes operational down-time. 

    Data When You Need It

    The Bluefin-9 features advanced on-board data processing that offers operators access to processed sonar and camera data that is ready for post-mission analysis.

     

  • Operator Tool Suite

    Operator Tool Suite

    Our Operator Tool Suite is a comprehensive UUV software package that provides the interface between the UUV and the operator for all mission phases. The simple user interface maximizes the operator’s effectiveness in UUV operations. This Windows-based tool suite includes everything necessary to run and manage the system, including vehicle check-out and testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.

    Mission Planner

    Mission Planning and Verification
    From within this graphical tool, basic missions are easy to enter and verify, while complex mission plans can be built up from basic survey “widgets.” Mission and safety details are fully accessible, allowing for rapid and accurate mission planning. Planning takes place on top of a chart-based view which accepts raster or digital charts. Operators can specify safety settings, operational constraints, recovery points and return plans. The Mission Planner also allows customer-specific commands to be sent via the Standard Payload Interface.

    Dashboard

    Vehicle Testing, Checkout and Mission Monitoring
    Dashboard tools enable the operator to track vehicles against a chart-based interface which includes ship position indicators, mission plans, and a variety of operator-specified annotations. Vehicle status is readily apparent, including the current behavior as well as details of vehicle status. The Dashboard automatically shifts communications to the highest bandwidth channel available providing you with a dynamic gateway to the vehicle. A variety of specialized diagnostic interfaces aid the preventative and corrective maintenance procedures for each sensor and subsystem. 

  • Specifications

    Specifications

    Technical Specifications

    View Datasheet

    Diameter

    9.375” (23.8 cm) W x 10.375” (26.4 cm) H

    Length

    95.2” (241.8 cm)

    Weight 155 lb. (70 kg) 
    Buoyancy

    Buoyant in fresh and salt water

    Lift Points

    Nose and Aft mounted carrying handles for two-man lift

    Depth Rating

    656’ (200 m)

    Energy

    1.9 kWh rechargeable Li-Ion battery

    Designed for rapid removal and replacement—recharges in six hours using rugged battery charger

    Endurance

    8hr @ 3kt

    Speed

    Up to 6.0kt sustained transit, survey at up to 5.0kt

    Propulsion

    Gimbaled, ducted thruster for propulsion and control

    Navigation

    Real-time accuracy ≤ 0.3% D.T. CEP 50

    GPS (1.0 m CEP 50 accuracy)

    Dedicated Inertial Navigation System

    Doppler Velocity Log

    Integrated Payloads & Sensors

    Sonardyne Solstice 3000 Multi-aperture sonar

    Removable Data Storage Module (RDSM) w/ Camera

    Turbidity and Fluorometer Sensor

    Sound Velocity Sensor + Temperature + Pressure

    Antenna 

    Integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and Iridium w/ visible strobe

    Communications

    Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Iridium, Acoustic

    Safety Systems

    Ground Fault Detection, Leak Detection, Independently Powered Emergency Operations System

    Software

    Bluefin Dashboard and Bluefin Planner

    Optional SeeByte SeeTrack v4 interoperability


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