The 3rd Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanographic Administration (SOA) in Ziamen China awarded Atlas Hydrographic a subsidiary of Atlas Electronik a contract to supply an Atlas Hydrosweep MD/50 multibeam echo sounder with a depth range capability of more than 2000 meters (about 6560 feet).
The Hydrosweep MD/50 comes with its 4x multi-ping feature. In this operation mode up to four swaths can be generated simultaneously per ping using frequency modulation in order to increase the data density along track. As a result the new multibeam echo sounder maintains gapless coverage at high survey speed enabling SOA fulfilling its tasks more efficiently in shorter time.
The system was delivered in March 2014 followed by sea trials. The MD/50 will be the third HYDROSWEEP multibeam echo sounder in China for SOA.