If none of the currently available SwapHeads meet your specific requirements, there are many options for matching your needs.
1) ATLAS is ready to build a new head according to the customer's specifications. A team of specialists will select sensors or actors and design the custom head in close cooperation with the client.
2) If wanted, the customer can be empowered to develop a payload head on his own and full responsibility. For this purpose a detailed interface control document will be supplied, describing all necessary mechanical and electrical interfaces. A licence will be issued which authorises the use of customer build equipment. A typical head consists of sensors (or actors) and a small control- and data storage / processing unit which can be accessed via Ethernet.
The highest level of customization is possible through a mechanism, generally known as "backseatdriver interface". Basically, the backseat driver concept enables the communication between the SeaCat Guidance Computer and a customer-owned payload computer. Software, running on the payload computer, may issue a command containing course, heading and speed in regular intervals. Upon reception of this command, the current mode of operation (automatic or manual) is overridden and SeaCat behaves as commanded by the payload. To use this behaviour a Software upgrade will be delivered together with a dedicated Software interface description.
To support own developments, a plain GRP (Glass-Reinforced Plastics) bow shell can be supplied for integrating specific payloads. SeaCat's Custom Head is available in various sizes. The customer must take care that the integrated head is neutrally buoyant