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iXblue Launches Aerial Mapping Operations

iXblue Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia, part of iXblue Group based in France, has diversified its Sea Operations division operational capability to include aerial mapping operations to clients across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  With over 100,000 line miles surveyed worldwide, iXblue has been operating the Sea Operations division across the region since 2007 providing clients with detailed and precise surveys of the marine and littoral environment.The aerial mapping operations will include Digital Imagery, Topographic LiDAR and Bathymetric LiDAR operations from helicopter and fixed


Fabien Napolitano (left) and Thomas Buret (Photos: iXblue)

Executive Team Changes at iXblue

French technology firm iXblue announced the appointment of Thomas Buret as Chief Operating Officer, taking over from Fabien Napolitano, who takes up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the Group.Since joining iXblue in 2002 as an R&D engineer, Buret has made a considerable contribution to the company's development and to making iXblue a world leader in inertial navigation, the company said. Previously in charge of the company's space and then maritime activities, he has been the head of the navigation department since 2017.For Fabien Napolitano, "it has always been in iXblue’s

iXblue’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX (Photo: iXblue)

iXblue Wins OWF Survey in France

iXblue said its Sea Operations division has been selected by developer EOLFI to conduct the geophysical survey of the future Groix & Belle-Île pilot floating wind farm located in the South of Brittany, off the west coast of France.The survey, which began earlier this week, will last for about five days and will be conducted by a crew of five iXblue hydrographic surveyors and geophysicist engineers on board the company’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX.“Our vessel has been designed and manufactured by our own shipyard and survey division, which means it has been specifically

STR, Forssea Agree Exclusive Partnership

markets. Our teams share the same spirit and are passionate in delivering innovative solutions to our customers. I am convinced this is just a first step as we are already working on the next generations of visual positioning subsea systems.”Earlier this year, French navigation and positioning firm iXblue saidit had joined forces with Forssea to bring more agile and cost-effective subsea operations

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Flying new Routes Subsea

an ROV, have the speed of an AUV and be able to perform truly autonomous operations, so you don’t have to dedicate a vessel to chase the HAUV with an ultra-short baseline positioning system. We felt that the Saab Sabertooth meets this criteria.“The vehicle relies, in its base package, on its IXBlue Phins3 INS, and RDI workhorse DVL, with data acquisition, navigation and processing of sensor data managed by QINsy, which also takes in Novatel DGPS data. However, the payload is flexible and it could also work within long baseline (LBL) arrays or with a USBL system where required, with a Sonardyne

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iXblue Expanding in Australia

Navigation, positioning and imaging firm iXblue said it is expanding its local capabilities in Australia. In 2019, it will focus on developing the company’s local expertise in Inertial Navigation Systems for both defense and civil markets.“We have been present in Australia for over 10 years with a dedicated Brisbane-based team of highly qualified engineers, hydrographers, geophysicists, program managers and equipment sales staff,” said Fabien Napolitano, CEO of iXblue. “Australia being a key market for iXblue, it was only natural for us to expand our capabilities in the region.

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DGA Taps iXblue for AUV Positioning & Monitoring

The French General Directorate of Armament for Technical Naval Applications (DGA Technique Navales – DGA/TN, formerly GESMA), an entity specialized in experimentation in the area of mine warfare, has selected iXblue's Gaps acoustic positioning system for its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) positioning and monitoring applications."The choice of Gaps by the DGA/TN, which is the reference in France in the area of mine warfare, is a clear mark of the confidence placed in our underwater positioning technology," said Hubert Pelletier, Head of the Acoustics Division of iXblue. "Thi

iXblue Opens New N.America Office

Designer and manufacturer of autonomous, marine and photonics technologies iXblue announced Thursday it has opened a new office dedicated to commercial activities in the North American region.“North America is a key market for which we have big ambitions,” said Marine Slingue, Head of iXblue, Inc. “We have been present on this market for over 15 years now, with sales offices in both Boston and Houston,” Slingue continued. “It is however the first time that we have a dedicated team of highly qualified engineers based locally.”iXblue said its new local team of

Teledyne Gavia will formally introduce its new 6000 meter rated AUV --  SeaRaptor --  at Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton in April.

Teledyne Gavia: New SeaRaptor 6000m AUV

multi-beam sonar (Teledyne RESON), Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), Current, Temperature, and Depth sensor (CTD) (Teledyne RD Instruments), and onboard processing software (Teledyne Caris). In addition, the first vehicle delivered also carried an Edgetech Side Scan Sonar with Dynamic Focus capability, an iXblue Phins 6K INS system, and a CathX Camera and strobe system. The integration of Teledyne Marine’s industry leading vehicle design, instrumentation, imaging, and interconnect solutions from a single supplier, as well as the incorporation of third party sensors into a turnkey package for customers

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

Navigation, positioning and underwater imaging solutions provider iXblue said it has been chosen by the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) to provide 8 Canopus long baseline (LBL) transponders for a geodetic mission off the coast of Sicily. Deployed on the seabed, 2,500 meters below the surface, the Canopus transponders will measure the crustal deformation along the North-South Alfeo faults with a millimeter-scale resolution over the course of four years.Hubert Pelletier, Head of iXblue Acoustic division, said, “Because the Canopus transponders precisely meet the exacting requirements

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