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Solus-LR AUV (Photo: Cellula Robotics)

Solus-LR AUV Ready for Testing

has a target range of 2,000 kilometers and is designed to stay submerged for multi-month missions.The long-range vehicle is being developed under a contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Department of National Defence’s (DND) science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), under the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science & Technology (S&T) Program.  Sea trials and a capabilities demonstration in Indian Arm, British Columbia are expected to conclude by April 2020

(Image: Kongsberg)

Mapping the Future

for complex tasks.The solution is the common autonomous control engine to be used by unmanned and autonomous vessels delivered by Kongsberg Maritime including the fully electric container feeder, YARA Birkeland. It has been developed by the Kongsberg Maritime in conjunction with FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and builds on a history of collaborative development projects, including the HUGIN AUV System.In addition to the the autonomy controller solution, SEA-KIT will be equipped with Kongsberg Maritime’s Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) for high bandwidth direct communication to

Photo: SeeByte

SeeByte Supports Unmanned Warrior Operators

in Unmanned Warrior. SeeByte was involved in four threads: Automatic Target Recognition (ATR), Command and Control, Collaborative Autonomy and Smart ROV Control. As part of this exercise, SeeByte supported the U.S. Navy Lab of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD), Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, and the U.K.’s Defence Science and Technology Lab (Dstl).    Together with ASV Global, Bluebear, and QinetiQ the team were successful in facilitating the collaboration of unmanned vehicles including

Australia, Japan Partner for Hydrodynamics Research

Australia and Japan have signed a cooperative research arrangement on marine hydrodynamics, the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, announced today.   “This is the first joint defence research project to be conducted by our two countries,” Dr Zelinsky said.   The collaborative research program will be undertaken by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency.   “This is an excellent start to our new relationship in defence science and technology cooperation,” Dr Zelinsky said.

Autonomy by (Software) Design

were used to enable multi-vehicle collaboration and inter-fleet communications, as well as autonomous solutions for Mine Counter Measures. These include integration of SeeByte’s Neptune software with SeaRobotics’ family of general purpose Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) as part of a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) contract. This integration enabled the USV to act as a relay to an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) squad. This is an important step needed in order to enable over-the-horizon UUV operations. The UK Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (MASTT)

3D Image Fusion for Ultra High Resolution Seabed Surveys

and of frequency. SAS systems can achieve an image and bathymetry resolution of a few centimeters even in very deep waters. Figure 1 shows a simultaneously co-registered INSAS reflectivity image and 3D bathymetry of discarded automobiles in Halifax, Nova Scotia collected during sea trials with the Defence Research Development Canada. While SAS has been around for over a decade, military applications such as naval mine countermeasures have been its major development driver. However, SAS is a multi-use technology with great potential for offshore oil and gas surveying, hydrographic surveys, underwater

The graphic illustrates the difference in image quality of a 20 meter towrope lying on the seabed (Image courtesy of Kraken Sonar)

Kraken Sonar Begins Trading Today

; Over a period of two years, financed mainly by the founder, Kraken’s team of engineers and scientists have produced, validated through sea trials and sold SAS systems to several defense contractors and commercial companies for advanced seabed survey. Kraken’s technology was selected by Defence Research and Development Canada for deployment in the Franklin Expedition search of 2014, earning recognition from scientists and government agencies for its differentiation and performance in producing images of the Arctic seafloor that were unprecedented in their clarity and accuracy.   

HMS Erebus (Image: Parks Canada)

Discovered Franklin Expedition Ship is HMS Erebus

;s Northern Tour and it has left a lasting impression. I wish them well in their search for HMS Terror.” The Government of Canada’s partners for the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition included Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Defence Research and Development Canada, Environment Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency, as well as the Governments of Nunavut and Great Britain. Private and nonprofit partners included the Arctic Research Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who additionally brought in The W. Garfield Weston

Bjørn Jalving: Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg AUV Pioneer Recognized by MTS Award

. Bjørn Jalving was selected for the award because of his long career and significant achievements within AUV technology. After graduating as M.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1991, Bjørn started at FFI (the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment) in 1992, where he worked on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), in projects with Kongsberg Maritime, the Norwegian Navy, Statoil and NUI. Bjørn developed the control and mission management system, and was heavily involved in system design of Kongsberg

Bjørn Jalving, Executive Vice President Subsea, Kongsberg Maritime - Winner of the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society.

Kongsberg’s Jalving Wins MTS Achievement Award

. Bjørn Jalving was selected for the award because of his long career and significant achievements within AUV technology. After graduating as M.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1991, Bjørn started at FFI (the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment) in 1992, where he worked on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), in projects with Kongsberg Maritime, the Norwegian Navy, Statoil and NUI. Bjørn developed the control and mission management system, and was heavily involved in system design of Kongsberg

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