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

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Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

network is being collected and analyzed by machine learning programs by M Subs’ growing AI team, with the assistance of Thales and a global and corporate partner leading in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.  The results of this work will finalize development of the computing system at the heart of the maritime AI system to navigate the Mayflower Autonomous Ship across the Atlantic Ocean in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower sailing in 1620.In October 2018, Thales announced it was opening a new maritime autonomy center at Plymouth, with an

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Exocetus Delivers Glider to Johns Hopkins APL

those capabilities,” said Joe Turner, Exocetus COO & General Manager.    The delivery took place at the end of July and represents the culmination of two years of developments and improvements to the MOD2 Glider. Exocetus has been improving on its Coastal Glider, expanding the computing and electronics capability of the already proven system.“This is a big step,” Turner said. “To deliver our first updated vehicle to such a technically competent and knowledgeable customer really speaks volumes for the technology, and provides us with insightful feedback to continue

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

ocean research by providing state of the art technological and informational support to pioneering marine science and technology development projects at sea. SOI prides itself on providing facilities aboard research vessel Falkor that help to propel marine science forward such as its high performance computing system, global internet connectivity, dedicated custom-built remotely operated vehicle (ROV SuBastian) and advanced shipboard sensors. SOI also encourages the development and integration of video data management systems, collaborative image annotation programs, and shipboard data infrastructure

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Powering the Seafloor: Put a Socket in It

to be ready in 2020.Combining electrification with ethernet and fiber optic communications then enables that data to be readily available, real-time, so that data analytics can be applied for production optimization, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.The shape of the communications and computing architecture – i.e. centralized or decentralized (using edge computing) – is still a debate. But, the bottom line is that there’s more information and more control and to this framework subsea through water communications can be added, so that vehicles can talk to the infrastructure

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F21 Torpedo Launch Test from Nuclear Attack Sub

performance torpedo. The F21 heavy torpedo was designed to neutralize enemy ships and submarines. With an exceptional range and speed, the F21 torpedo is planned to evolve by sea bottom but also and especially in the very noisy and very dense coastal areas in maritime traffic. With a very high computing power that gives it exceptional real-time processing capabilities, the F21 torpedo benefits from an advanced mission system and increased autonomy. These technical features greatly broaden the possibilities of tactical employment with outstanding target discrimination ability especially in difficult

Dr. Jeremy Dillon (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Appoints Dillon as Chief Scientist

techniques for velocity estimation using a high resolution multi-frequency Doppler current profiler that is used for measuring turbulence and sediment transport in the ocean bottom boundary layer.Dr. Dillon continues to have strong interests in acoustics, synthetic aperture imaging, GPU-accelerated computing, underwater navigation and vehicle control systems. His upcoming work will apply machine learning to further improve seabed imagery and to automatically recognize targets and other objects of interest on the seabed

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

of the system is an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), an autonomous overactuated surface platform (PlaDyPos) with 4 thrusters. This configuration enables motion in the horizontal plane under any orientation. The platform has been developed at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) for tracking of underwater objects communication router between the surface and the underwater navigation aid.   The air components are two SKYWALKER X8 (low-cost Components Off-The-Shelf) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, modified at the

Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

centers across the U.S. Back then, their construction was basic by modern standards, but like the models of today the researchers creating them aimed to simulate the world’s oceans by coding the mathematical equations of fluid motion on a sphere. Those efforts made use of the most sophisticated computing power available at the time, but realistic simulations of the ocean were years away.   Today, things have moved along.    Ocean modelers are much closer to simulating accurate representations of the real ocean, and over the past few decades their models have become incredibly

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

.   Technology Platforms – Acoustics Sonardyne has developed an industry-leading wideband digital communications platform upon which most of the company’s acoustic systems are based which is now in its sixth generation (6G). The ‘pin-up’ product for this technology is the Computing and Telemetering Transponder (Compatt 6), a highly adaptable and configurable instrument that is used in a wide range of applications. It is made up of an acoustic transducer with different frequency-band and beam-width options, advanced processors, batteries, an optional release mechanism, and

The new, powerful Dell hums alongside NOAA's IBM and Cray computers at a data center in Orlando, Fla. The three systems combined in Florida and Virginia give NOAA 8.4 petaflops of total processing speed and pave the way for improved weather models and forecasts. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Boots Up Its New Supercomputers

become more accurate and efficient thanks to faster supercomputers and more storage.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the two Dell systems added to its IBMs and Crays at data centers in Reston, Va., and Orlando, Fla. elevate its combined weather and climate supercomputing system to among the 30 fastest in the world, with the ability to now process 8 quadrillion calculations per second.   “NOAA’s supercomputers play a vital role in monitoring numerous weather events from blizzards to hurricanes,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. &ldquo

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Kraken Sets out to Advance Offshore Digitalization

approximately $1.6 trillion of value for the industry, its customers and wider society through 2025. This total estimated value can further increase to $2.5 trillion if existing organizational/operational constraints are relaxed and the impact of “futuristic” technologies such as cognitive computing are considered. Environmental benefits include reducing CO2-equivalent emissions by approximately 1,300 million metric tons, saving about 800 million gallons of water and avoiding oil spills equivalent to about 230,000 barrels of oil

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Testing Altered

. Representing 13 countries across five continents, the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE semifinalist teams’ innovative approaches involve unique, hybrid systems that mobilize gliders and drones, underwater robotic swarms, autonomous underwater vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence and massive computing platforms. Once launched, these robots and vehicles use artificial intelligence to navigate and explore, gathering underwater data for retrieval following each mission.   “Round 1 testing for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE takes us a step closer toward accelerating the development

With Live Remote Control, users of Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras are given the ability to pilot their devices remotely from any web browser-enabled device, anywhere in the world (Image: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Introduces Remote Piloting Capabilities

;Having our customers operate unmanned systems underwater in a live, immediate fashion, from anywhere in the world, is a game-changer for the underwater robotics industry. Advances in underwater unmanned systems typically lag those in the aerial domain by several years. Aquabotix is proud that the smart computing power of its vehicles enables the company to achieve innovations like these, which are at the forefront of advances in the industry.”    “Driving an underwater vehicle through a web browser previously seemed impossible,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer of

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Tech File: Hybrid AUV/ROV

and economically inspect, surveil and monitor what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.    Hybrid and Connectivity: Going Beyond the Dive While hybrid AUVs/ROVs prove more than capable of exploring the depths of the world’s bodies of water, technological advancements like cloud computing promote greater interactivity and connectivity during missions both below and above the sea. Previously, long-term storage, analysis and report generation were left up to end users. Now, the cloud, when properly accessed and utilized by underwater vehicles, has become the future of data collection

Shearwater2 System (Image: Swathe Services)

Swathe Services to Represent Planck Aerosystems in the UK

.   Planck Aerosystems is a drone company that enables autonomous operations from moving vehicles on land or at sea. The company’s specialized Shearwater unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be deployed in a matter of minutes, with minimal user training and experience. With powerful onboard computing capabilities, long range digital communications and intelligent computer vision software the Planck solution provides a safer, faster and more efficient way to perform real-time situational awareness, inspection and object detection tasks from moving vehicles, such as workboats and trucks.  

Becoming a NVIDIA member will allow Rovco to enhance its 3D reconstruction capabilities and inspection techniques. Picture – 3D reconstruction of jacket structure. (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

processing unit) Technology Conference in Munich next week (October 10 – 12 ), Europe's only dedicated conference on AI, autonomous vehicles and virtual reality. Founded in 1999, NVIDIA sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. It has since ignited modern AI with graphic processing units to enhance computers, robots and cars. With an expanding fleet of ROVs, sized from micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering

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Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

By the laws of physics, sonar waves reflected from a target have different radiuses depending on the distance of the target. When the operator focuses on 25 meters, the 5900 software delays each sound sample to adapt to the corresponding radius. At 75 meters the radius is larger etc. The focusing, i.e. computing the delay of each sound sample, is one of the reasons behind the 5900 crisp imagery. Beam steering is a technique made possible by the 5900 sound processing architecture. Motion sensor information (heading, pitch, roll and yaw) feed into the 5900 algorithms to compose synthetic beams pointing orthogonal

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