THURN Group first to order new third generation Ellipse-D in UK
New third generation SBG Ellipse-D snapped up by THURN Group
The THURN Group in Norwich, UK is the first company in the UK to purchase the new third generation SBG Ellipse-D Inertial Navigation System (INS). The new INS will be placed with THURN’s Marine Robotics and Autonomy Product Development team, based in the Acle office on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. UK.
Key component for further development of THURN’s Rotocopter-drone
The SBG system is a key component in the further development of THURN’s range of rotocopter-drone and USV-carried integrated survey systems for nearshore, port, river and lake applications.
The first deployments will be on THURN’s OceanAlpha in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. SL40 Autonomous survey boat, and further deployments are planned with sonar systems hung from THURN’s DJI M600Pro hex-copter drone equipped with SPH Engineering’s (Riga, Latvia) UgCS SkyHub and TrueTerrainFollowing (TTF) system.
The INS System will be deployed on the SL40 ASB in Hong Kong.
Tom Hiller, General manager at THURN, said: “The Ellipse-D system has been chosen for its high level of performance in a very compact form factor, ideal for our small unmanned vessels and airborne autonomous platforms.
“SBG’s long experience and understanding of the marine sector, embodied in their extended Kalman filter technology, should ensure the INS will perform well in the complex environments that THURN’s customers encounter daily. We’ll be putting this first system through some tough tests, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”
Swathe Services Managing Director, James Williams, commented: “The Thurn Group is an established technology company representing some great first class manufacturers, and with the purchase of the new Ellipse V3, it will allow them to develop their own technology solutions further, cost effectively and with superior performance.”