What Datamarans Do

When it comes to learning about the world’s oceans, too much information is still lost at sea. As marine industries and exploration move farther offshore, the need for data becomes more critical and the cost to obtain that data—in time, money, and risk to personnel—goes up. AMS offers the solution. Every mission is different; that’s why the Datamaran offers a flexible configuration of sensors, payloads, deployment options. What doesn’t change from mission to mission is the commitment AMS makes to its customers to deliver the highest quality data available. This combination of flexibility and dependability means that the Datamaran is a tool with applications across industries and the sciences.

  • Datamarans self-deploy and are programmed to return to a retrieval site when their mission lifetime is met.
  • 5 Datamarans can provide 5000km2 of coverage every day.
  • Each Datamaran can be dynamically positioned for changing conditions.

Datamaran Solutions

Need: Accurate, Real-time Hydrographic Information on Climate and Meteorological Conditions

When designing infrastructure projects or managing the logistics of million-dollar-a-day operations, knowledge of currents, waves, and winds is critical. Buoys are expensive, stationary, and require manned vessel deployment. Plus, recovery costs are high.

  • Datamarans provide real-time readings of wind speed, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.
  • Payload options can include suites of chemical oceanographic equipment including pH sensors, O2 sensors, salinity probes, fluorimeters, and CO2 sensors.
Need: Subsea Acoustic Data Collection

Subsea sensors are used for reservoir monitoring, subsea equipment monitoring, and pipeline inspection. The cost of sending manned vessels for data collection means that even the largest enterprises only collect data infrequently.

  • AMS provides continuous data collection and transmission. An increase in temporal resolution allows for long-term monitoring.
  • The Datamaran can station-keep, or remain in a fixed position, over sensors for improved data fidelity.
Need: Marine Surveillance

Offshore assets are vulnerable. The Datamaran provides a new option for persistent, asymmetric observation.

  • Advanced optical payloads enable surface vessel classification and identification.
  • Low observability and RF transparency means the Datamaran detects threats without drawing scrutiny.
  • The Datamaran’s position on the surface means that cloud cover, an impediment to satellite surveillance is never a concern
Need: Low-cost Micro Vehicle Deployment

For small payloads like micro AUVs, no other delivery mechanism in the world is cost competitive to the Datamaran.

  • Zero mobility costs and nearly limitless on-station time enable immediate responses to exigent circumstances.
Need: Distributed Synthetic Aperture Sensing Networks

Datamaran’s low cost enables large fleet deployment to move from simulation to the field.

  • The Datamaran’s flexibility and modularity means it can easily adapt to new sensing technologies.
  • Precise positioning capabilities, advanced communication, and second gen distribution algorithms allow for giant coordinated arrays.