Blueprint Subsea presents new diver handheld sonar & navigator, Artemis Pro
MONS sat down with James Barratt, Managing Director of Blueprint Subsea, at UDT 2017 to discuss their latest product: Artemis pro, a diver handheld sonar and navigator, which allows divers to plan their mission ahead of the dive and review it after. “These technologies for divers have been around for decades but we found that over the past 20 years there had been very little development,” says the MD, “so we decided to work on a system that was smaller and more user-friendly.“
Artemis pro is a handheld underwater computer that incorporates a target detection sonar, a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), a camera, a dive-light, acoustic positioning, a data modem and GPS navigation aids. “The multibeam sonar is arguably one of the most innovative features of the product after its unrivalled small size,” continues Barratt.
It provides high quality, fast frame rate sonar images in poor visibility conditions. The camera and dive-light are used to take snapshots and videos that can subsequently be reviewed on the screen or on a laptop at the end of the diver’s mission. Finally, because the GPS does not work underwater, the DVL provides navigation information from the diver’s swim heading, velocity and height above the sea-bed.
“Artemis pro was launched six months ago and is aimed at the combat and Explosive Ordinance Detection (EOD) market,” concludes Barratt. “We have already sold 40 systems to Asian navies and are now in discussion with navies from Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.“