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USV Accompanies The Ocean Cleanup System 001

sea trials approximately 350 nautical miles from San Francisco, to test the behavior of the system. If all goes well, it will relocate to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (GPGP) where it will begin the challenge of removing tons of plastic debris.The USV, manufactured by U.K. based AutoNaut, is accompanying Wilson in order to conduct long-term monitoring of the surrounding environmental conditions and provide information on the system itself. The small autonomous craft is overseen remotely by an operator at sea and a small team based on the south coast of England. Cameras on the AutoNaut

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Next Generation AutoNaut USV Unveiled

The new generation of 5-meter AutoNaut unmanned surface vehicle (USV) boasts several new and upgraded features.   The latest wave foil technology enables speeds of 1-3 knots to be consistently maintained, with no need for fuel and for long endurance missions. The vessel has been ruggedized throughout and features improvements in the deployment system – for launch/recovery from ship or direct from slipway.   An enhanced rudder system makes the USV even more maneuverable – able to keep station within a 25-meter radius. Finally, the 5-metre has additional space and power to

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SEA’S KraitArray Sonar Performs at UW16

of bi-static systems, as a communications aperture and in detecting threats from fast surface craft.   In the ASW component of UW16, SEA staff were instrumental in developing ASW deployment patterns and tactics to enable surface, air and underwater unmanned systems from Boeing, Liquid Robotics, Autonaut, Ultra and SAAB to cooperate to maintain an ASW barrier in the waters off the Outer Hebrides. USVs with the KraitArray have proved the capability to deploy and maintain an effective ASW barrier for protracted periods in conditions up to sea state 6.   The ASW demonstration during UW16 was

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AutoNaut Partners with NOC Robotics Center

AutoNaut Ltd has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Center. U.K.-based AutoNaut and the NOC have maintained a long-term relationship since 2013 and this move is a sign of the company’s increasing ambitions.   Recent investment from the Seiche Group has enabled AutoNaut to expand manufacturing facilities and engineering expertise as well as recruit several new members of staff. A desk in the innovation center will be utilized by AutoNaut Ltd technical and business development personnel to work alongside the NOC’s marine autonomy and robotics team.   Th

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Autonomous Boat Deployed to Monitor Ocean Noise

A new project in Plymouth aims to find out how increasing levels of manmade noise in the sea is affecting marine life.    Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut and its 5m unique wave-propelled unmanned surface vessel (USV), which tows a Seiche Ltd passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) array. This technology enables the gathering of essential underwater sound data that is both high quality and cost-effective.    Dr. Clare Embling and Dr. Simon Ingram, both lecturers within the School of Marine Science and Engineering and experts in marine mammal

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AutoNaut 5m Completes Performance Trials

The brand new AutoNaut 5m vessel has undergone testing in QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin at the Haslar Marine Technology Park. The new design was put through its paces in a range of wave conditions to evaluate the performance of the patented AutoNaut Wave Foil Technology at the 5m size.   AutoNaut’s wave foil system passively harvests the energy from the pitch and roll of waves at sea, providing elegant, silent propulsion with zero emissions. Using the waves in this way ensures that power generated by solar panels or fuel cells is available for sensor payloads and AutoNaut’s custom

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Partners Aim to Transform Acoustic Monitoring

A new collaborative venture between Seiche and MOST (Autonomous Vessels) is combining two U.K. technologies to create the potential to transform passive acoustic monitoring of sound in the sea.   First field trials have been conducted on Roadford Lake, North Devon, in which MOST (AV)’s 3.5m AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) deployed Seiche’s Wireless Passive Acoustic Monitoring (WPAM) system.   The field tests assessed the performance of the AutoNaut/WPAM for: self-noise, data transmission capabilities and optimal array deployment.   Analysis of the trial data showed

3.5m AutoNaut on deployment off the South Devon Coast.

Meet the AutoNaut

to the subsea market. For readers not familiar, describe MOST.     MOST (AV) Ltd. is a micro start up based on the South coast of the United Kingdom. At the waterside office in Chichester, the team are responsible for the R&D, project management and the build of their product, AutoNaut. Plymouth is their base for sea trials, deployments and customer demonstrations.  Trading since late 2012, the team has developed an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) called AutoNaut. Wave propelled, silent, persistent and cost efficient, it is a revolutionary data gathering platform designed for

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Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

day-to-day basis. Using acoustic pingers, plaice, sole, brill and rays are being tracked at sea by the ocean robots programmed to patrol a large area of the MPAs there are also a number of seabed listening stations which work in concert with the ocean robots. The three autonomous vehicles – AutoNaut, C-Enduro and the SV3 Waveglider – are all carrying a range of sensors to collect additional data on the physical properties of the ocean, such as water temperature and salinity. On-board GoPro cameras will also capture valuable photographs and video footage of seabirds and other marine life

AutoNaut heads up the North West Passage from the Isles of Scilly into the Atlantic Ocean at the start of her stormy adventure.

Wave Propelled Boat Survives Atlantic Storm

A British wave propelled boat called AutoNaut has arrived back in the Isles of Scilly after a 13 day autonomous mission in which she weathered a 70 mph Atlantic storm while gathering scientific data. “This was a major test for AutoNaut,” said Director David Maclean of MOST (Autonomous Vessels) Ltd which produces the AutoNaut. “To have delivered on time, on budget and to a very tight schedule; and for our unmanned surface vessel (USV) to have gone straight out into the Atlantic and followed her program through a gale and a storm is a really solid achievement.” “We

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