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Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

In 2009 I wrote a thesis on the use of unmanned systems for defense applications. At that time, the three buzz words of “dull, dirty and dangerous” dominated the narrative about what they are used for. Those words made perfect sense in the context of military applications where value is quantified in the effectiveness with which the mission is executed: you locate an explosive mine over the course of several hours searching without risk to humans and with less margin for human error. Fast forward 10 years, now in the role as CEO of LeeWay Marine, I am again evaluating robots, but from the

Figure 6: A DOLPHIN Sonar trial result, SAS at three times Nyquist speed. Image: QinetiQ North America

DOLPHIN: Enabling Technology for Acoustic Systems

ocean mapping coverage to date.DOLPHIN Comms is a transformational technology that enables full duplex acoustic underwater communication and improved sonar systems.  The technology has been validated in field trials.  There are ongoing applications and development projects planned in defense applications. Commercial and scientific applications and trials are of great interest.  While the core technology is ready, the many layers of product and “system of systems” developments will evolve over time. A robust ecosystem of hardware manufacturers, software developers and

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Artificial Intelligence Aids Subsea Object Detection

data within 9 minutes, and produced the contact report detailing the ping number, boulder position, and boulder size within 50 minutes. This level of data would typically have taken about three days, including preparing reports."We are currently in the process of extending this capability for defense applications including mine detection at sea, and further commercial applications including seabed classification."

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RE2 Robotics is Developing Manipulators for the US Navy

compact, efficient, human-like capability of DM2S is conducive for integration onto autonomous underwater vehicles so that they can perform longer-duration autonomous inspection and intervention tasks,” stated Jack Reinhart, Director of Product and Project Management. “In addition to defense applications, we are actively pursuing commercial uses for this technology, including underwater inspection, maintenance, and repairs in the oil and gas industry.&rdquo

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

No joystick manipulation of the vehicle or its manipulators is required and as such HMI’s motto for Aquanaut is ‘mouse clicks not joysticks’.Led by Aquanaut, HMI says it intends to continue developing novel subsea capability and other robotic technology for use in oil and gas and defense applications with an objective to increase reliability, efficiency, capability and safety.Stinger Technology: Small But Well FormedStavanger, Norway, based Stinger Technology, is something of a boutique firm in the subsea space. It’s a small firm – with seven staff – but this year it&rsquo

ATM-900 Series Modem (Image: Teledyne Benthos)

Teledyne Benthos Acoustic Modems Meet NATO’s New JANUS Interoperability Standard

at sea in exercises involving a number of partners (universities, industries and research institutions) covering a range of application scenarios.Ken Scussel, Acoustic Communications Engineering Manager, said, “Teledyne Benthos acoustic modems have been used extensively for many years for defense applications, particularly for underwater wireless communications requiring high reliability. We’re incredibly pleased that our collaborative effort to conform to the new JANUS standard has been successful, and we look forward to the potential applications that this new protocol will unlock to further

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

and determination of the electromagnetic interference characteristics (emission and susceptibility) of electronic, electrical, and electromechanical equipment.With these certifications in place, KATFISH-M is now an off-the-shelf solution proven suitable for global deployment in military and defense applications.KATFISH-M has been tested and certified to pass a variety of military standards including:High Temperature (+71°C)Low Temperature (-35°C)Temperature Shock (-10°C to +60°C)HumiditySalt FogImmersionVibration (3 Hz to 100Hz)Shock (up to 10g)EMI/EMC (via MIL-STD-461)David Shea

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

than 5,000 meters. Aiding Vulcan’s team is a 6,000-meter-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the REMUS 6000, manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid Inc., which gathered sonar data to locate the USS Indianapolis.   Used regularly in commercial, research and defense applications, the REMUS 6000 AUV has been labeled a “deep-water workhorse” by Hydroid. The vehicle can be configured to include a wide variety of payloads to meet diverse mission requirements and is capable of navigating for 20-22 hours of high speed search operations during a single dive,

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The AUV That Helped Find USS Indianapolis

calls its “deep-water workhorse,” can be configured to include a wide variety of payloads to meet specific mission requirements. With the ability to navigate up to 22 hours per mission, the REMUS 6000 provides wide area coverage and can be used for commercial, marine research and defense applications.   The REMUS 6000 was also used in the discovery of Air France Flight 447, a passenger flight that crashed in June 2009, as well as in July 2010 to explore the site of the Titanic sinking – both search efforts led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The MTS/IEEE OCEANS’17 Aberdeen Student Poster Competition (SPC) award winners, from left to right: Faye Campbell (Conference LOC SPC Chair), Bilal Wehbe (Second Place), Klemen Istenic (First Place), Habib Mirhedayati Rouds (Third Place), and Dr. Philippe Courmontagne (IEEE OES SPC Chair). (Photo courtesy IEEE OES)

60th OCEANS Conference Held in Aberdeen

more than 480 marine technology papers were presented on subjects ranging from subsea engineering and operations, optical sensing, imaging and instrumentation, fisheries and aquaculture, to exciting cutting edge technologies like marine renewable energy, and unmanned underwater vehicles in defense applications.   The Plenary speakers at the 60th Anniversary of OCEANS included: Professor Dame Anne Glover, University of Aberdeen; Dr. Gareth Davies, Aquatera; Dr. Stef Kapusniak, SMD and Dr. Eric Delory, Plocan.   A robust Student Poster Competition (SPC) was also part of the OCEANS Aberdeen

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