Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterization & Evaluation (SPACE)

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Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) launched Hull Module of SPACE facility at Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) Kochi recently.

About Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterization & Evaluation (SPACE) :

  • What is it? It is a state-of-the-art testing and evaluation facility for sonar systems developed for use by the Indian navy onboard various platforms, including ships, submarines and helicopters.
  • Design and Construction:
    • The SPACE facility is based on the concept design and requirements projected by NPOL and has been constructed by M/s L&T Shipbuilding, Chennai.
    • The design and construction of the platform meet all the statutory needs of Indian Register of Shipping and the vessel classifying authority and strictly adhere to the inspection and registration criteria as per Kerala Inland Vessel Rules.
  • Use: This will be mainly utilized for evaluating Sonar systems, allowing for quick deployment and easy recovery of scientific packages such as sensors and transducers.
  • Feature: The uniqueness of this facility lies in the specially designed submersible platform, which can be lowered up to depths of 100 meters using a series of synchronously operated winches.

Source : PIB