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Stealthy Submarine Concept Unveiled

of the new design include improved stealthiness and endurance. The SMX31E's biomimetic shape and the skin material making it stealthier against active sonar emissions, while high energy capacities and efficient energy management system allow the crew to be submerged for months.Using advanced artificial intelligence technology, this submarine offers maximal connectivity to interact with the rest of the fleet in a distributed underwater network. This new IT design enables the crew to collect and process data efficiently with remote sensors allowing them to master underwater tactical situation.Technical

Ocean Startup Challenge Awards 14 Companies $25K Each

focused on value adding local fisheries and natural resource waste streams into natural food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients.Blue Lion Labs (Waterloo, ON) is providing fish farmers with an early warning sign of a sea lice event by using an underwater camera system powered by artificial intelligence.Glas Ocean Electric (Halifax, NS) is building electric boat kits to convert existing and new boats to electric propulsion and is developing opportunities to dual purpose boat batteries as dynamic energy storage.  Grand River Robotics (Waterloo, ON) focuses on developing highly optimized

Retired Navy Rear Admiral and Deputy NOAA administrator Tim Gallaudet meets with scientists at NOAA’s National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center in 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: NOAA

Interview: RDML Gallaudet Steers NOAA’s Path Toward Uncrewed Maritime Systems

. Big government agencies tend to move slow, (because) to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars we have rigorous regulations and policies. But they can be burdensome at allowing rapid change and quick transformation. At NOAA we released six strategies to advance S&T areas: uncrewed systems, artificial intelligence, ‘Omics, cloud, data and crowd sourcing. This was to better foster collaboration among stove piped offices at NOAA. This lays out our collaborative areas, and partnerships are key to this, both with the Navy and private organizations. Every leadership position has its challenges

The Terradepth leapfrog concept. Graphic from Terradepth.

Charting Terradepth's Big Ambitions in the Unmanned Vehicle Space

. “Submarines have been able to go to bottom of the ocean and collect whatever data we want but we can’t do it at scale because it’s been impossible to build autonomous systems that can do that. It’s only in last five years that technology i.e. machine learning and artificial intelligence has come to the point where it’s even feasible to put a massive fleet of autonomous deepsea submersibles out there and have them map the ocean.”The other side of the coin is cost. The only subs with autonomy are the likes of Boeing’s Echo Voyager. “But that&rsquo

Ocean Startup Challenge Shortlists 31 Companies for Prize

in the earliest stages of development,” said Don Grant, Executive Director, Ocean Startup Project. “Another 19 shortlisted companies applied with working prototypes.”The shortlisted solutions involve environmental monitoring, reducing marine mammal entanglement in fishing gear, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, technologies to reduce corrosion and biofouling, networks of sensors and analysis tools, sustainable bait alternatives, vision systems, underwater communications and IoT networks, value-added by-products, fish health, and much more.Nearly two-thirds of shortlisted companies

Figure 2: ThunderFish XL in Subsea Docking Station

Kraken Gets $3m Funding for ThunderFish XL Development

will be depth rated to 6,000m and carry an array of sensors and custom payload modules, including Kraken’s AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar, SeaVision 3D laser profiler, SeaThrust rim-driven thrusters and SeaPower pressure tolerant batteries. All of these will be integrated with advanced artificial intelligence algorithms onboard the vehicle. In addition, the modular design will allow for rapid sensor reconfiguration and battery replacement. Finally, Kraken will develop a conceptual design for a robust and autonomous multi-modal docking solution allowing TFXL to function as a seabed resident AUV

Dr. Virmani in front of Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor in Fremantle, Australia prior to the vessel's departure for its Ningaloo Canyons expedition. © Schmidt Ocean Institute

Ocean Influencer: Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Schmidt Ocean Institute

, rapid increase as technology changes at an exponentially fast rate. We’re also looking at, increasingly more and more, the intersections of different kinds of science and different kinds of technology. For example, merging new material science and capabilities with the robots, or using artificial intelligence to analyze the data.” SOI already has begun adapting its technology to pandemic-related restrictions, continuing the year-long research mission aboard the R/V Falkor that began in Australian waters in early 2020. Despite the lockdown, numerous deepwater expeditions have been completed

BladeBUG is a blade walking inspection robot, focusing on leading edge erosion inspection. Images from ORE Catapult.

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

Institute has been testing an adapted ANYmal quadruped for its suitability offshore at a fire training center.  A lot of the work done to date has been enabling vehicles to navigate around a site – known and unknown, with visual aids, eg. cameras, lidar, inertial measurement units, artificial intelligence etc. Taurob’s latest robot, developed with Total, will add gas detection capability, as well as microphones with algorithms to detect frequencies from valves and pumps to spot anomalies and enable preventative action. Another Taurob project, Offshore Work Class Robot, also currently

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Buss Energy Acquires Stake in Drone Inspection Firm

stop landing is needed. Furthermore, the drone inspection flight is fully autonomous and continuously monitored. The high-resolution image data is evaluated by using the in-house developed AERO-Software Package. Damage detection and classification is largely automated with the support of Artificial Intelligence (AI)," the owners say.The subsequent automation of data transfer to the customer's software environment and the automatically generated reports enable efficient and objective reporting on the condition of the wind turbines and potential repairs needed.In addition, Aero Enterprise

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