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Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

;It’s not just so we can do science.  We can do that when we have the right environment, the targets and communications links.  But there’s more to it.  For the warfighters, and this new generation of operators, we want them to be comfortable and confident working with autonomous systems.  They need to have trust.  I want them to know about what we’re doing here – building resilient systems that they can trust.  We want the sailors to trust them so that they will use them

MUSCLE Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Deployment. Photo courtesy of CMRE

NATO employs MUSCLE Memory to Find Mines

, and has integrated its systems into operational exercises like Greek ARIADNE Mine Countermeasure Experiment (GAMEX) and the Spanish and Italian Mine Countermeasures Exercises (MINEX).The center can also leverage its extensive modelling and simulation capabilities to evaluate the collaborative autonomous systems and concepts of operation in various and complex operating environments.About the AuthorEdward Lundquist is a retired U.S. Navy captain who write frequently for Marine Technology Reporter.  He travelled to La Spezia, Italy to report this story

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MTR100: Sonardyne International Ltd.

. This includes environmental monitoring specialists Chelsea Technologies, and Danish maritime survey software and construction firm EIVA. Both organizations are to remain independently run and with their own brands.Sonardyne’s recent focus includes collaborations with manufacturers of marine autonomous systems (MAS). This spring, its acoustic communications technology has been used onboard an unmanned surface vessel (USV) operating in the North Sea to harvest data from seabed sensor nodes in what is believed to be the first over-the-horizon operation by a UK-based oil major.  Around the same

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MTR100: National Oceanography Centre (UK)

; P3NAV collaborating with Sonardyne and L3 ASV – has delivered advanced positioning capabilities without the need for surface vehicles.Image courtesy: National Oceanography Center (NOC)The NOC is at the forefront of global marine technology development, with a focus on cutting-edge marine autonomous systems (MAS) and sensors. The Center is responsible for the development of the world-famous Autosub family of autonomous vehicles, including the pioneering Autosub Long Range vehicle, depth-rated to 6000 meters with extreme endurance capabilities and sophisticated payloads. Under the Oceanids programme

Pic: ROVOP

ROVOP Joins ORCA Hub

ROVOP, the global subsea robotics specialist, is the latest company to join the ORCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) Hub offshore robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems development program. The ORCA Hub is a consortium of five universities – Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford and Imperial College London – that are working together to develop highly specialized robotics and AI technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.The

(Photo: Andrew Edwards, Kraken Robotics)

Kraken's OceanVision Moving Ahead

that if we work together to leverage our collective expertise, we can transform Canada into a global hub for collaborative cross-sectoral ocean innovation.”The OceanVision project is based on several enabling technologies, including unmanned maritime vehicles, advanced sensors, robotics, autonomous systems, big data machine learning and predictive analytics. Its target end result is an end-to-end digitalization solution offering advanced sensors, robots and data analytics as a turnkey service solution for seafloor imaging and mapping. Rapid high-throughput data analytics will make it possible

Saab Seaeye’s Sabretooth it in its test tank (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye eRobotics Campaign Wins UTC Award

A project that achieved a world first in subsea vehicle deepwater residency capability, proving the potential for marine autonomous systems to take a greater role in underwater inspection, repair and maintenance methodologies, is the winner of the annual UTC Subsea Award.The UTC Subsea Award, presented by the Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF), is designed to recognize the many outstanding achievements within the subsea industry. The 2019 award was presented to Saab Seaeye’s Jan Siesjö, Chief Engineer, and Peter Erkers, sales director, for the Saab eRobotic Spring Campaign 2019, tonight

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BAE Systems Acquires Riptide

of UUVs and integrated payload solutionscapable of supporting a variety of critical missions,” said Terry Crimmins, president of BAE Systems Electronic Systems. “Coupling our extensive expertise in sonar, signal processing, sensor fusion, undersea communications, electronic warfare, and autonomous systems with Riptide’s unique UUV platforms will enable us to affordably address rapidly expanding maritime mission requirements in the global defense, commercial, and research markets.”Jeff Smith, founder and president of Riptide Autonomous Solutions, stated, “Everyone at Riptide

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

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