Lockheed Undersea Drone Available for Offshore Energy Market; Dan McLeod Comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALockheed Martin will make its autonomous underwater vehicle available for sale or lease oil and gas service providers to perform underwater inspections on offshore sites.

The 10-foot long Marlin is designed to make three-dimensional geo-referenced models of underwater platforms and seabeds through optical and acoustic sensors, Lockheed said Tuesday.

Marlin recently helped an energy company inspect 14 offshore sites and surrounding seabeds in the Gulf of Mexico last summer.

“Marlin essentially creates a window below the surface of the water that allows operators to manage what they typically cannot see,” said Dan McLeod, program manager for Lockheed’s offshore systems and sensors business.

The undersea drone is designed to autonomously inspect structures up to 1,000 feet below the surface, travel at speeds of up to 4.6 miles per hour and cruise for up to 18 hours, Lockheed says.

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