Deep sea solution
BRIDGES will make use of the know-how gained during the development of the present SeaExplorer, SPAN and Autosub platforms together with recent technological capabilities, to upgrade the mechanical glider structure rated to operate up to 2400m (Deep Explorer) and 5000m (UltraDeep Explorer) depths. Developed by ACSA, the SeaExplorer glider is a 700m rated vehicle equipped with rechargeable batteries that has recently demonstrated outstanding performance. The SPAN AUV is a 2000m rated vehicle also developed by ACSA for an Oil&Gas application. The UltraDeep Explorer (5000m depth) will take advantage from advances in ultra-deep water technology coming from the AutoSub-2 AUV project.