The on-going technology collaboration between Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) and FarSounder Inc. continues to generate new customer orders for the FS-3 Forward-Looking Obstacle Avoidance System. Each FS-3 system delivered by FarSounder has incorporated a curved, custom-designed MSI broadband transmitter and multi-element receive array to provide 3-D obstacle avoidance and shallow water navigation capabilities for ferries, cruise ships, and yachts.

Recent FS-3 customers include ResidenSea's The World, the first luxury condominium cruise ship; two high speed "hybrid" passenger ferries operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA); and a sSurvey Motor Vessel for the Royal Australian Navy.

"FS-3 customers are primarily concerned with the safety of passengers, as well as whale avoidance," said FarSounder CEO Cheryl Zimmerman. "With the recent sinking of the passenger ship Explorer in the Antarctic, vessel owner/operators like ResidenSea and the WTA are feeling an added sense of responsibility to use the latest in navigation safety equipment.