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KVH FOGs Help Guide ROVs

September 23, 2005

Fascinating creatures and tremendous treasures are found in the deepest, darkest depths of the sea. For the human race to seek them out, we depend upon remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that find their way through deep waters and crushing depths thousands of meters below the surface. ROVs are used in a variety of applications, including oil exploration, undersea construction, and research and salvage operations that have located long-lost shipwrecks such as the Titanic and the Bismarck and exotic deep-sea creatures that lurk along the ocean floor. To successfully control the ROVs and explore these depths, ROV manufacturers are turning to the precision fiber optic gyros (FOGs) and compass sensors developed by KVH Industries, Inc.

With their all-fiber design and patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, KVH’s FOGs offer high reliability, superior accuracy and performance, and exceptional vibration, shock, and acceleration survivability at an affordable cost. KVH precision FOG products are used in diverse commercial and defense-related applications requiring a high level of accuracy. Supplementing KVH’s FOG family is its proven C100 digital compass engine, a stand-alone sensor subsystem based on KVH’s fluxgate compass technology. The C100 outputs extremely accurate heading data in six user selectable digital or analog formats and can easily direct any underwater mission, whether it is for scientific research or undersea filming.

KVH’s guidance and sensor systems are used in an array of autonomous vehicle and precision guidance applications. Carnegie Mellon University’s “Red Team” selected the KVH DSP-3000 FOG for use in two autonomous vehicles designed to race 175 miles across the Mojave Desert terrain in ten hours or less, without a driver, as a part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2005 Grand Challenge. And in another undersea application, KVH’s TG-6000 inertial measurement unit (IMU) is undergoing final testing as a key component in the guidance package designed for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation MK54 lightweight torpedoes.

For additional details visit www.fiberopticgyro.com.

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