Cellula Robotics begins 5,000-Kilometer Sea Trials of Solus-XR XLUUV

Solus-XR XLUUV, built by Cellula Robotics Ltd., is the 1st Canadian Extra-Large UUV, and the largest ever fielded by Canada. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The company has initiated testing on the system, which has a projected range of 5,000 Kilometers, for port-to-port missions. It is well suited to operating under ice. “Through its port-to-port mission capability, Solus-XR removes the necessity for auxiliary support vessels, thus facilitating access to challenging and remote locations frequently encountered in Arctic sub-ice missions. Beyond the elimination of environmentally taxing high-emission support vessels, the cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology developed by Cellula empowers the system to engage in sustainable operations, ensuring minimal ecological footprint.”
-Length: 12 m
-Cross-section: 1.7 x 1.7 m
-Displacement: 10,000 kg (depending on configuration)
-Range: 5,000 km at 3 kts
-Sprint speed: 8 kts
-Retractable Communications Mast to reduce drag when submerged
-Hovering capability using deployable thrusters & dual buoyancy engines
-Seafloor suction anchor
-Redundant hydrogen fuel cell powered, with Li-ion batteries to increase sprint endurance
-Winch-deployed thin line towed array capability
-Transportable in a standard ISO 40’ container

Watch a related video, here. Illustrations courtesy of Cellula Robotics. Our thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, for his assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in USN Edition  # 23 - 15 - 5 OCTOBER 2023edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).
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