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Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

Marlin AUV just released. It’s a writer’s impression of the missions now being planned by AUV-equipped oceanographic researchers at Norway-based research community, AMOS. The real mission is about to begin. AMOS will shortly be test-firing tiny, disposable satellites bearing spectral cameras that will also gather and beam back the data gathered by the spectral cameras and sensors of their REMUS-dominated fleet of AUVs. The pocket satellites will instantly process and send to shore data on the contours and algal life above and below arctic ice. The satellites will also help AUVs communicate

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

out of reach 25 years ago are commonplace. The Hugin vehicle is one of the leading commercial vehicles in service today. It is illustrative of the entire community, offering a comprehensive payload sensor suite including side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, multibeam echosounders, magnetometers and cameras. Emerging payloads demonstrated on Hugin include synthetic aperture sonar and laser scanners. The navigation solution for Hugin AUVs uses raw output from an onboard inertial measurement unit (IMU) coupled with other available in-situ sensors processed in real-time using a Kalman filter. These are

“Two Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.”

Photo credit: Shaun Roster Photography

Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

;game changing’ sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a center of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.Plymouth-based M Subs  will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city’s harbor.The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby ranges at sea.  Data from the network is being

Logo: GTS Consulting

Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Photo: Miros Group

Eight OSD Systems to Petrobras

supply eight Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems to Brazilian oil major Petrobras in the world’s largest x-band radar-based OSD surveillance and response contract to date.The agreement is in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, primary supplier to Petrobras, and includes radars and thermal imaging cameras for Petrobras Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs) in the Campos Basin. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2019.The backdrop for the record delivery is a February 2018 agreement reached between Petrobras and the Brazilian federal Environmental Agency, Ibama, committing Petrobras to

(Photo: Autonaut)

USV Accompanies The Ocean Cleanup System 001

by U.K. based AutoNaut, is accompanying Wilson in order to conduct long-term monitoring of the surrounding environmental conditions and provide information on the system itself. The small autonomous craft is overseen remotely by an operator at sea and a small team based on the south coast of England. Cameras on the AutoNaut vehicle’s mast and hull provide a live-feed view of Wilson both from above and below the sea surface. Onboard sensors provide a scientific understanding of the environment by measuring the sea surface waves, oceanic currents, water quality and weather conditions.“We are

IP Multi SeaCam (Photo: DeepSea Power & Light)

DeepSea Expands SeaCam Product Line

DeepSea Power & Light is expanding its SeaCam family of subsea imaging solutions with the new IP Multi SeaCam and IP Apex SeaCam. These subsea cameras offer efficient and high-quality compression along with support for common real-time IP streaming and camera management protocols, the manufacturer said.The IP Multi SeaCam provides a compact, fixed focus solution for subsea monitoring and tooling applications. Efficient and high-quality compression provides sub-200 ms latency network streaming with full HD resolution in both the 72° HFOV flat port and 105° HFOV dome port options. The 256 GB

(Image: FORSSEA ROBOTICS)

Subsea Vision & Photogrammetry Lab Formed

develop a common offer covering camera calibration, subsea image treatment and innovative photogrammetry solutions.FORSSEA ROBOTICS decided last year to adapt its Atoll ROV embedded visual docking technology into a stand-alone product. The company was already manufacturing and commercializing underwater cameras, mainly for R&D underwater vision applications.The so-called V-LOC (Visual LOCalization) technology has been designed for quick and operational use. One operator sticks the marker on the structure and the camera computes the six-degree coordinates in real-time on the user screen.Following offshore

(Photo: The Ocean Cleanup)

The Ocean Cleanup Kicks Off

to help fund the future cleanup operations.While System 001's primary objective is to prove the technology and start the cleanup, a secondary goal is to collect performance data to improve the design for future deployments. The system is equipped with solar-powered and satellite-connected sensors, cameras and navigation lights to communicate its position to passing marine traffic, and enable extensive monitoring of the system and the environment. The Maersk Launcher will also remain active as an observation platform for several weeks after delivering System 001 to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

is the first rated for operations at 6,000 m depth.The modular design of the ISE Explorer enables it to carry multiple payloads in its spacious, swappable, and customizable payload section including Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and chemical sensors, or any combination of AUV payloads. Additional battery sections can be added to extend the endurance from 24 hours up to 72 hours.The ISE Explorer AUV has a proven track record of offshore operational success with customers from Asia, Europe, Australia

Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Studying Aliens of the Deep

device challenging.”Teoh and Phillips are currently working on a more rugged version of the RAD sampler for use in heavier-duty underwater tasks, like marine geology, while Gruber and Wood are focusing on further refining the sampler’s more delicate abilities. “We’d like to add cameras and sensors to the sampler so that, in the future, we can capture an animal, collect lots of data about it like its size, material properties, and even its genome, and then let it go, almost like an underwater alien abduction,” said Gruber.“Our group’s collaboration with the marine

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

million seafloor images were collected and algorithmically analyzed to find biological hotspots and precisely target them for interactive sampling and observations. The initial wide-area seafloor imagery was acquired with an underwater vehicle “Ae2000f” using high-altitude 3D visual mapping cameras at underwater sites between 680 and 780 meters depth. The international team deployed multiple AUVs, developed by the University of Tokyo, which were equipped with 3D visual mapping technology developed jointly by the University of Sydney, University of Southampton, and the University of Tokyo and

Figure 1: The Sea Otter Surf Zone Crawler

Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

ports and internal space for additional circuit boards such as data acquisition or video boards.The modular design has permitted strap-on payloads to be mounted within minutes, without concern of payload shape, volume, or weight. Payloads have included salinity, turbidity, sonic velocity depth, various cameras, imaging sonar, release-able buoys, soil penetrometers, and electromagnetic sensor sleds, among others.Batteries and all electronics are included within the track volume maximizing free volume for the payload bay while minimizing “bottoming-out.” The wide track results in ground pressures

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

Subsea Defense: Extending Unmanned Capabilities

mode works in relative and global modes and the vehicle can navigate itself to way points. Sea Wasp comes with a “very competent” electric gripping arm, although Andersson says he would almost prefer to have two arms, to be able to pull things apart. Sea Wasp also has two high-resolution cameras supported by lighting.In tests, in -10 degrees C in Sweden, a Sea Wasp placed a 10gm plastic explosive with magnesium core on a steel plate accurately, then detonated it and relocated itself after the blast, having not suffered any damage.A KraitArrayWhile new platforms continue to be developed

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Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg's Operational Advisory Solution for Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible

environments, strong currents and high waves. The scope of supply includes the field-proven Kongsberg  Riser Management System (RMS) and the Kongsberg Information Management System (KIMS), in addition to an extensive subsea technology delivery including Motion Reference Units, Sonar, underwater cameras and laser guidance.The Kongsberg  RMS features dynamic operability and dynamic watch circles, and high-end accurate BOP and riser instrumentation, with all functionalities integrated into the existing Kongsberg  technology on board, which includes Dynamic Positioning and automation systems

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

T20 with a 3-operation modes and pan & tilt.Teledyne RESON launched the SeaBat F50 forward-looking multibeam sonars in a single and dual-head configuration, operating at 200kHz or 400kHz, depth ratings up to 6,000m.Teledyne Bowtech launched a range of IP networkable low light and HD technology cameras.Teledyne Bowtech’s LED-K-Series lamp now includes four lumen outputs; 2,100, 3,200, 4,200 or 5,000 lumens.Teledyne Marine InstrumentsThe Teledyne Marine Instruments provides subsea and surface sensors that span a range of technologies, including: navigation; ocean currents/waves measurements

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