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Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

real-time pit modelling and for assisting the underwater cutting operations providing visual and detailed sonar information from multiple points of view of the cutting, launch and recovery of the miner,” explains Alfredo Martins, senior researcher at INESC TEC’s Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems. “This information is fed into an integrated virtual environment for the human operators and supervisors,” Martins says, before confirming that EVA can also deploy offshore “either operating in AUV mode or in ROV mode”.The 60-strong community of researchers appears to

(L-R) Matt Kingsland, NOC and Paul Griffiths, Sonardyne, with the SPRINT-Nav 700 at the NOC robotics lab during Ocean Business (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav 700 selected for new under-ice AUV

ice. A2KUI will also be equipped for acoustic tracking using Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system, which is fitted to the UK research vessels RRS James Cook, RRS Discovery and the new polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.”Dr Alex Phillips, Head of Marine Autonomous Systems Development, at the NOC, says, “The development of Autosub2KUI by the NOC builds on the successes of previous generations of Autosub, including Autosub3, which has previously penetrated up to 60km under the ice from the ice-edge. Autosub2KUI will provide the UK science community with

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A SmallSat AUV Network

taken a step toward being able to relay data to scientists onshore for long periods. Both SmallSats and AUVs will have hyperspectral cameras able to detect chemicals, metals, plankton or do survey work.The California-based Prof. Rajan is a senior scientist known for planning, executing and creating autonomous systems and robotics at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Prof. De Sousa leads an international network of AUV-keen scientists akin to NTNU’s. Both have highly evolved AUV labs. The three research communities have combined to make lasting AUV operations controlled or augmented by Micro or Nano

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

where you can work from home and put something in the river and it will be going around the world and you will follow it on your phone and anyone can follow it on their phone,” he says. “That world is happening and it’s very exciting.”The next step is the use of emergent autonomous systems. “That’s the revolution we are going through at the moment,” says Rayner. “The Xprize is using completely autonomous systems, shore launched and able to do pretty much anything you want without any intervention. Another change is coming – high data-rate communications

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

; product range the company is undertaking projects to convert ships and small craft for unmanned operations. The wide product range allows ASV to provide varying and proven solutions to the market for operations in an inland, coastal and offshore environments. They have delivered more than 100 autonomous systems to more than 60 customers in 15 countries. Like survey AUVs, ASVs are now a proven tool.The mission of seafloor survey remains a core application for this technology. In this domain ASV recently announced a partnership with Fugro, a global survey leader, to create the next generation of autonomous

Photo: L3 ASV

Autonomy: L3 ASV, Dstl Complete Demos

, survey, patrol, target tracking and inspection.“The reliability and consistency of the system was solid proof of the use case for autonomous surface platforms for persistent inspection and tracking at range, particularly in challenging environmental conditions,” said Dr. Howard Tripp, Autonomous Systems R&D Lead, L3 ASV.“There were instances where the weather dictated that manned vessels had to return to harbor – the autonomous vessel, by its nature, was not subject to these concerns and was able to operate normally. This is where the real value in autonomy lies,” he

(Image: Autonomous Robotics Ltd)

Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry.The Swarm Technology research will be performed by Dr. Wai-keung Fung and Adham Sabra, who are with the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group within the School of Engineering, with results of the research expected within 12 months.ARL Chairman Dave Grant said, “ARL are working with RGU to research and create a practical localization system for the flying node system which will allow the flying nodes to operate in a swarm

Saab Seaeye’s Sea Wasp MCM ROV (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Subsea Defense: Extending Unmanned Capabilities

The defense sector is looking for ways to extend its reach and capabilities, with underwater robotic and autonomous systems and sensors.Extending the capabilities of submarine warfare systems without the need for humans is a key focus in the marine defense space. Navies feel under threat; they have limited budgets and worries about resurgent maritime forces from Russia and China, while new technologies – robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems – are increasingly available to an ever-wider range of players, creating what are termed asymmetric threats in an ever-wider

(Photo: Exocetus Autonomous Systems)

Exocetus Delivers Glider to Johns Hopkins APL

Connecticut-based Exocetus Autonomous Systems said it has delivered its first MOD2 Glider to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). The vehicle was purchased as part of an internal research and development project which intends to explore a diverse set of applications for the vehicle.“Johns Hopkins APL was looking for a vehicle that could provide endurance and easy modification, and the MOD2 Glider was the only vehicle out there that provided those capabilities,” said Joe Turner, Exocetus COO & General Manager.    The delivery took place at the end of July

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

depth-rated sonar technology combined with the launching of a 6,000m depth rated AUV supports industry’s drive to explore areas not previously surveyed. Our new Doppler Velocity Log technology offers extended range in a miniaturized frame to enable industry’s move to smaller, lower cost autonomous systems where navigation and positioning are key performance parameters. Finally, we are also very excited about opening new market capabilities with our new generation of explosion proof interconnect, including the world’s first flame proof well head connector.Looking at your recently announced

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

towards that goal, in subsea oil and gas, but also other applications, including military.For example, the Maelstrom connector has recently been used in the U.S. defense market for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) docking, including for large clients operating in the aerospace and underwater autonomous systems domain.In the oil and gas space, Brazil’s University of São Paulo recently purchased a Maelstrom connector and a major operator on the Norwegian Continental Shelf has ordered WiSub’s Fonn connector to use as part of an underwater resident vehicle pilot project offshore Norway

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