R/V Sperry Star III

R/V Sperry Star III

R/V Sperry Star III is a 46-ton, 63-ft research vessel owned and operated by Northrop Grumman as a platform for research and development, product testing and operation training. The vessel was built in 1986 by the Hatteras Yacht Company in New Bern, North Carolina. It is under the operational control of the Northrop Grumman Maritime Systems Engineering Department, and serves as a floating laboratory for product and software development, systems integration and critical sea trials for navigation systems and equipment. The Maritime Systems engineering policies require that sea trials must be conducted prior to release of any new product, to ensure it meets the performance criteria under a realistic operational environment. The Sperry Star III is fitted with a full array of Northrop Grumman navigation systems, including radars, autopilot, gyrocompasses and two separate Voyage Management Systems (VMS) with an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). Additional items of equipment are installed as needed for specific tests and sea trials.

The Sperry Star has a fully equipped 6-person conference room for presentation and briefing needs. Additionally, the vessel's salon area features a 50" flat screen display for product demonstration and computerbased presentations.

Equipment Installed

  • 8-ft. X-band BridgeMaster E Radar
  • MK37 VT Digital Gyrocompass
  • NAVIGAT 2100 Fiber Optic Gyrocompass (FOG)
  • NAVIGAT X MK 2 Gyrocompass
  • NAVISTAR GPS Compass
  • C. Plath Venus HL Magnetic Compass (Main Bridge)
  • C. Plath Merkur S-E Magnetic Compass (Fly Bridge)
  • C. Plath NAVIPILOT 4000 Autopilot (Dual System)
  • Saab GPS/AIS System (R4)
  • DTR 600 (Digital Tape Repeater)
  • VisionMaster (3 node Demo System)
  • VisionMaster (2 node Ship System)
  • VoyageMaster II S-VDR (Voyage Data Recorder)
  • NAVIKNOT 600 Dual Axis Speed Log
  • Consilium SAL R1 Speed Log
  • R. M. Young Weather Station
  • MX 420/8 DGPS
  • Integrated Bridge System - Trainer (IBS-T)
  • 50-inch Leo Display with Vertical Lift
  • Seven Universal Digital Repeaters (UDR)
  • 10/100 Moxa Network Redundant Ring
  • Network to Serial Interface (NSI) 11 node
  • KVH Satphone
  • KVH/Direct Television Receiver

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