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Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

Underwater sensor technology company Sonardyne International said it is partnering with Shell Brasil and Brazilian research institute Senai-Cimatec to develop autonomous technology to make the monitoring of Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt oil fields more efficient.The new 4D seismic monitoring system, based on so-called On Demand Ocean Bottom Nodes, is being developed under a National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) promoted program.According to Sonardyne, the goal is to increase the autonomy of ocean bottom nodes and enable them to be deployed and remain on the seafloor for up

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

L3 ASV has announced the successful delivery of a long-endurance autonomous vessel known as the C-Enduro to the Royal Navy. The C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) program as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology.The 4.8-meter autonomous vessel is equipped with 10 sensors combining scientific and hydrographic survey equipment. The vessel operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView, and is fitted with L3 ASV’s advanced autonomy package, ensuring situational awareness and

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Mapping the Future

products to end users and general public.Maritime autonomous technologies are evolving rapidly. Our team concept is unique as it utilizes a new class of surface vessel that can transport, deploy and retrieve underwater data collection vehicles. This represents a tremendous leap forward in autonomous technology because it provides high resolution deep ocean mapping capability with a vehicle that can be launched from the shore. This does not currently exist in the market.How does your role as Data Group Lead come into play in the context of USV Maxlimer and the XPRIZE?The data group is in many ways

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Sea Machines Opens Office in Hamburg

, innovators and investors. The company said its second office will provide convenient access to several key locations and will support growing demand for engineering, sales and marketing across Europe. Sea Machines founder and CEO Michael Johnson said the company is growing as demand for autonomous technology is increasing. “The opening of this satellite office solidifies Sea Machine’s foothold in the European autonomous vessel technology market,” Johnson said. “Our new presence in Germany will facilitate stronger connections in the region, while providing additional

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An Industry in Change

keep the established companies on their toes which is healthy. The successful big companies will see that there is value in the high energy start-ups and they will find a way to work together. It happened for ASV. In the early days, Thales saw we had a lot of creativity in our software and autonomous technology. They helped utilize it in some products for them and it’s worked out really well. If an established company can’t find a way to leverage the fantastic energy that’s sweeping the ocean technology industry today, then they risk being quickly overtaken by those who have.&rdquo

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UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

from sensors on the unmanned boats to crews on the hosting warships. One of the unmanned boats used in the Unmanned Warrior exercise was BAE Systems’ Pacific Class 950 Unmanned Rigid Inflatable Boat which is capable of travelling autonomously at up to 47kts for up to 12 hours at a time. The autonomous technology on the Pacific Class 950 can be retro-fitted to existing boats

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The Autonomous Future of Seabed Mapping

times around the world. For instance, the FAA in the U.S., only as recently as last year, allowed commercial UAV operations. In the Middle East being able to easily use the extended Wi-Fi on the ASVs is not yet possible. So, the biggest challenges are going to be governments and their adoption of autonomous technology. We are lucky in the U.K. that the chair of the autonomous committee is also the Deputy Director of the Navigation and Safety Branch of the MCA and is forward thinking, so I think here things will progress smoothly.”   “I’m taking this year very much as a learning

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Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

is transforming anti-submarine warfare, known as ASW.    Modern submarines are not only quieter than their ancestors, but they are also better equipped to deal with the threats that shadow them from above. For now, submarines are ahead in the race. But, with the emergence of unmanned autonomous technology there is the tantalizing possibility that in the future we will be able to detect, localize and track submarines across huge distances more effectively and at lower cost. As we enter into a new era of ASW operation, we take a look at the challenges in unmanned solutions remaining to be overcome

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

command decisions in support of the trials.   Also participating was Thales’s Halcyon Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) equipped with a Thales Towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar. The USV took part in a number of minehunting challenges aimed at demonstrating the significant benefits of autonomous technology when operating in hostile environments, including the reduction of risk to life. Missions using Halcyon were planned and coordinated using Thales mission management software, providing comprehensive command and control of the USV operation. Thales is a key sensor provider to the Royal Navy&rsquo

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Sea Machines Gets a $50k Boost from MassChallenge

oceanic cargo delivery.   “Modern autonomous control systems already bring immense benefits to vehicular industries from airliners to agriculture and everyone is seeing the billions being invested in autonomous cars.  Sea Machines is building similar but uniquely-designed autonomous technology for boats and our systems will unlock tremendous value for the sectors that work on water.  The MassChallenge program provided support and mentoring that has moved Sea Machines to the next level,” said Sea Machines founder, Michael Johnson.   Sea Machines was one of 128

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SeeByte Supports Unmanned Warrior Operators

Navy’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (MASTT), reflected on the Unmanned Warrior trials “Demonstrating the capabilities of MAF and MAPLE at Unmanned Warrior was a great success. An exercise of this scale was an unprecedented opportunity to not only show the world the scope of autonomous technology but really push the boundaries of what is possible. Records were being broken, celebrated, then less than 24 hours later we were breaking the same records again! Teamwork was a crucial element of the successes, the knowledge and expertise of all involved really produced some ground-breaking

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A leader in the growing market for Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology, ASV’s combines platform manufacturing and control system development to bring the latest in maritime autonomous technology to market. Its platforms are in operation across the globe.   Having delivered more than 75 autonomous systems to some 40-plus customers in 10 countries, ASV has established itself in the evolving Autonomous Surface Vehicle industry. The ASV team holds specialist expertise and experience in ASV concept design, build and commissioning, operation and maintenance. ASV vehicles and control systems

WHOI scientist Anna Michel and WHOI engineer Jason Kapit test a prototype long-range laser spectroscopy system. One telescope shoots out a laser beam that is recorded by the downstream telescope. In between, methane gas in the air absorbs some of the laser light. The more methane in the air, the less light arrives at the far end. (Photo by Ken Kostel, WHOI)

Let There Be Laser Light

proven in atmospheric environments, but there are new ways to make these things better.”    Self-governing sensors One way is by making the technology more self-sufficient. The current underwater system requires scientists to be on a ship above it, watching every move. But with autonomous technology, the researchers might not need to be there at all.    “I could sit here on my computer, and in theory I could have an instrument out in a deep-sea environment and tell it what to do,” Michel explained.    The researchers have already been toying with this

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Autonomous Boat Deployed to Monitor Ocean Noise

, monitored and analyzed from ashore - it should be possible to gather much more data over long periods very cost effectively.   This project is the first fruit of a partnership agreed in January between Plymouth University and AutoNaut. It gives the University access to the new disruptive autonomous technology embodied in AutoNaut and Seiche’s PAM.    “Using autonomy in this way keeps people out of danger,” Poole said. “It makes it possible to gather all kinds of data about our seas in new ways. Our company gains by working with the University, and the University

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Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

better informed command decisions in support of the trials exercises.   Thales’s Halcyon Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), equipped with a Thales Towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, will take part in a number of mine hunting challenges aimed at demonstrating the significant benefits of autonomous technology when operating in hostile environments, including the reduction of risk to life.   Missions using Halcyon will be planned and coordinated using Thales mission management software, providing comprehensive command and control of the USV operation.   Thales is the key sensor provider

Dr. Pedro Patron, Engineering Manager, (left) lead the SeeByte team in the TTCP trials (Photo: SeeByte)

SeeByte Team Earns TTCP Award

.   Pedro Patron, Engineering Manager at SeeByte, said, “This award can be seen as a direct recognition from our customers for all the hard work that SeeByte has done over the last years. The TTCP trials have been a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our latest developments in autonomous technology and we are delighted to have our achievements recognized.&rdquo

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Project Mars: The future of Autonomy

their part, and engrained adherence to having ‘eyes on’ the bridge at all times,” suggests Brett Phaneuf, Managing Director of MSubs. “But human error accounts for the majority of accidents at sea, so there needs to be a reassessment and a debate around this issue – autonomous technology should not be seen as some form of inherent threat to the safety of seafarers.” Plymouth University and Plymouth-based partner MSubs are now aspiring to build the first full-sized autonomous unmanned ship to sail across the Atlantic in 2020 – replicating the ‘Plymouth

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