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New Unit Will Support Coast Guard Research and Development Center

Fairbanks, Alaska for a Department of Homeland Security-sponsored project on CubeSats, and created a documentary of large-scale oil burn research on Little Sand Island in Mobile Bay, Ala.The RDC will host an outdoor exhibit including an unmanned response boat and other technology to highlight its autonomous technology research in conjunction with the unit stand-up

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Cellula Robotics Partners with the NOC to Advance Marine Autonomy

environment.The NOC is the U.K.’s hub for the development of marine autonomous and robotic systems, and this new partnership will further enable Cellula Robotics to collaborate and share expertise with the Center’s other strategic partners in the advancement of cutting-edge marine autonomous technology.Aidan Thorn, Innovation Center manager, said, “It’s great to have Cellula Robotics join the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. Our interactions in getting to this point have shown that they have a truly collaborative approach to what they do, making them an ideal partner to engage

Antarctic krill are shrimplike, pinkie-length crustaceans. They form the base of the Antarctic food chain, and are an essential part of the ecosystem. (Photo: NOAA AERD)

New Acoustic Technology Helps Conserve the Antarctic Ecosystem

catches” are, requires having data at appropriate time and space scales. Expanding the timing and duration of ship-based research to match the fisheries is economically infeasible, so Reiss and colleagues looked for a different way to survey the Antarctic. The solution has been to embrace autonomous technology.Adult Gentoo penguins in the Antarctic typically spend the entire day hunting, and their diet includes fish, squid and krill. (Photo: NOAA AERD)Using novel ADCP technology for improved data collectionWith the help of two other CCAMLR nations (Norway and the UK) and the U.S. National Science

Graphic representation of the exercise; met-ocean data collection operations running concurrently with simulated threats, detection and mitigation assets. Image from ION.

Autonomous ANTX: Seismic Survey Tech and Port Security

measure. “While threats to harbours have evolved at a slow pace, we’re now in a period where there’s a rapid advance in autonomous systems, underwater vehicles, where technology is improving and is more easily available to people around the world,” he told the Marine and Autonomous Technology Showcase event in Southampton late last year. “It’s not a giant leap to imagine these vehicles can be repurposed to make explosive devices or be used for other devious ends.” To that end, focus on naval security has increased.Shifting FocusSimilarly, ION has been shifting

SUNFISH in a Cave, and the Data used for SLAM (Credit Stone Aerospace)

Untethered Vehicle Tech Continues to Advance Autonomy

not all the presentations addressed this theme, several helped clarify the many ways this “buzzword” is advancing the capabilities of untethered marine vehicles.Kongsberg Maritime offered two presentations: “How Autonomous is Your AUV” presented by Richard Mills and “Autonomous Technology for Ocean Exploration,” by Arnt Olsen. Together these presentations used the context of Kongsberg’s vehicles, especially the Hugin AUV and the Sounder USV, to discuss what autonomous technology means, and is capable of. In the case of the USV there is a clear spectrum of operator

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Ocean Aero to Supply Vehicles for Homeland Security

survivability in rough weather or if needed, decrease the detectability of the vehicle.The Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for all models is a simple, safe, and time-saving solution and can be operated from ramp, dockside or at sea. Supported by U.S. patents, Ocean Aero’s intelligent autonomous technology is ideally suited to fit the program’s various strategic maritime missions, ranging from intelligence and surveillance to marine mammal tracking, to Met-Ocean data gathering to persistent situational awareness

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Fincantieri Teams-up with UAE's Marakeb

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and United Arab Emirates electronic firm Marakeb Technologies, have agreed to form a global partnership in the field of autonomous technology.The agreement was signed by Basel Shuhaiber, Chief Executive Officer of Marakeb Technologies, and Giuseppe Giordo, General Manager of Fincantieri Naval Business at the 2020 Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.The agreement is intended to initiate a cross-evaluation of Fincantieri’s current automation solutions and Marakeb Technologies’ patented unmanned technology, as well as to jointly develop

C-Job Naval Architects' concept design of an Autonomous Underwater Maintenance Dredger was presented at the combined Maritime and Port Technology and Development Conference (MTEC) and international Conference on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (ICMASS) in Trondheim, Norway. (Image: C-Job Naval Architects)

Autonomous Underwater Dredger Unveiled

communication networks such as 4G/5G.Work remainingTim Vlaar, Technical Director at C-Job, said, “In order for autonomous vessels like the Autonomous Underwater Maintenance Dredger to become reality more work is needed and requires all stakeholders such as class, port authorities, autonomous technology companies and launching customers to come together.“Of course, continued development of autonomous vessel designs is also needed to fully explore the possibilities autonomous shipping presents even further.&rdquo

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Sea Machines to Demo Autonomy for MarAd

Sea Machines Robotics has been a progressive leader in advancing autonomy in the maritime space, and today it announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) to demonstrate the value of Sea Machines’ autonomous technology in marine oil-spill response ops. The scope of the deal has Sea Machines installing its SM300 autonomous-command system aboard a Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC)-owned MARCO skimming vessel and will train MSRC personnel to operate the system. Then, on August 21, Sea Machines and MSRC will execute simulated oil-spill

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