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Kraken's Robotics as a Service (RaaS) Contract with Royal Canadian Navy Deemed 'Success'

Canadian marine robotics company Kraken Robotics Inc. has successfully completed a Robotics as a Service (RaaS) contract with the Royal Canadian Navy, for the testing of Kraken’s ultra-high-resolution survey equipment. This $0.5 million contract was funded under the government of Canada’s Innovative Solutions Canada program, and the testing department for this service offering was the Royal Canadian Navy's Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic (FDU-A) based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Royal Canadian Navy has a mandate to develop and maintain an advanced sonar imaging and data storage

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Outland Sells ROV With Multiple Tritech Sensors Emas Energy Services

An ROV equipped with multiple Tritech sensors has been sold by Outland Technology to the geographic survey company Emas Energy Services (Thailand) Ltd.The Outland 2500 is rated to 300m (1000ft) and uses brushless DC, magnetically coupled thrusters. It is equipped with:Gemini 1200ik: a dual frequency multibeam imaging sonar giving video-like, real time imaging, ideal for structural and seabed inspections. The Gemini 1200ik was released in 2019 and has quickly become an industry favourite for those looking for high resolution images which is also robust and rugged enough to withstand tough subsea

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Miros Sensors put to the test in the Port of Gdynia

Miros has installed a tailored environmental monitoring system to support a three-year research project at the port of Gdynia in Poland.  The custom system is designed to provide accurate current and wave measurements and oil spill monitoring from a strategic location in the bay of Gdansk. The expected results will be used to create recommendations for the operation of unmanned units in ports and will be made available to governmental organisations.  The gathered sea state data will be combined with a hydrodynamic model to calculate and forecast hydro-meteorological conditions in the Gdynia

3D rendering of the SP80 sailing on water. (photo courtesy of SP80)

SP80: 80-knot Sailboat Demands High-Performance Sensing

Fischer Connectors’ solutions support the transmission of sensor data for the wind-powered SP80 boat setting out to reach the phenomenal speed of 80 knots, which if achieved will break the long-standing world sailing speed record of 65.45 knots.During the development of its boat that is now close to its final design phase, the SP80 team has chosen Fischer Connectors for the data-transmission solutions interconnecting the various sensors that will equip the boat and its pilot to break the world sailing speed record. The technical challenge is to sail at a speed of 80 knots (148.16 km/h)

Sonardyne’s Micro-Ranger 2 USBL system contains everything you need to track divers, ROVS and AUVs in a rugged case small enough to operate-anywhere, from anything. Photo by Tom Acton/Sonardyne

Advanced Acoustic Concepts selects Sonardyne for Subsea Target Tracking

;s subsea positioning technology to work for the US Department of Defense (DoD).Advanced Acoustic Concepts chose Sonardyne’s portable Micro-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) system to support its existing DoD programs and provide its operatives with increased situational awareness during open ocean missionsMicro-Ranger 2 is designed to provide everything needed to start tracking divers, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous or unmanned underwater vehicles, or any other subsea targets, all from a single IP-67-rated ruggedized case small enough to operate anywhere, from anything, Sonardyne said

Kraken Receives $765K Sensor Order

Kraken Robotics announced an order for an AquaPix MINSAS 120 sonar system from a "Fortune 500 company" with activities in the defense sector. Total contract value is approximately $765,000. This is a new Kraken customer and due to the nature of this customer’s business, Kraken cannot disclose further details. The company expects to fulfill this order in Q1/2022.

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Silixa Claims 'World's first' as it Installs Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) System at BP's Gulf of Mexico Field

little impact even though there was significant production occurring." the company said.World's firstAccording to Silixa, the system is the world’s first permanent in well seismic acquisition system for subsea wells. "It can operate independently or provide complementary data to ocean bottom node surveys. It is especially effective for reservoirs that are traditionally difficult to image using surface seismic such as pre-salt reservoirs or those beneath gas clouds," Silixa said."The Silixa system delivers 100x improvement in signal-to-noise ratio compared to DAS systems

Sonardyne’s Fetch Ambient-Zero-Ambient pressure monitoring transponders. Photo from Sonardyne.

Sonardyne Deploys 'New Breed' of Subsea Sensors at Shell's Ormen Lange Field

Marine technology company Sonardyne has deployed what it says is a new breed of underwater sensor that is able to self-calibrate, enabling precise, long-duration subsidence monitoring at all depths at Shell Ormen Lange offshore field. The company says this is the first such deployment at scale.The 20-plus Fetch Ambient-Zero-Ambient (AZA) pressure monitoring transponders (PMTs), developed by Sonardyne, will support an ongoing long-term, large-scale seabed monitoring project at Ormen Lange – Norway’s second-largest gas field – for A/S Norske Shell, the company said.Unlike traditional

Credit: Subsea Innovation’s Dynamic Bend Stiffener (DBS) is a retrofit assembly that is installed onto turbine cables of an offshore wind farm. - Credit: Dynamic Load Monitoring

DLM Delivers Monitoring Systems for Offshore Wind Farm Cables

UK-based Dynamic Load Monitoring (DLM), said Monday it has built two bespoke monitoring systems that have been installed by dive teams on subsea bend stiffeners at an offshore wind farm.The equipment has been commissioned, with the first round of data due to be collected in March 2021.The company, based in Southampton, said the products were delivered to Darlington, UK-based Subsea Innovation, a manufacturer of subsea equipment, which was challenged by the end-user to provide a system to prevent array cables— which connect the site’s turbines together—from breaking. DLM did not say

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Sonardyne's Sensors for Ocean Infinity's Armada USV Fleet

Ocean Infinity, a U.S. based marine survey firm developing the world's largest fleet of unmanned surface vessels - Armada - has ordered Sonardyne sensors for its robotic vessels.As reported previously, Ocean Infinity in February launched Armada, a marine technology and data company boasting the industry's largest fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USV).Sonardyne said Wednesday it would provide the first wave of Ocean Infinity’s new Armada fleet with key sensor technologies for underwater platform navigation, tracking, control, and communications, as well as ensuring uninterrupted

Valeport uvSVX with Interchangeable Pressure Transducers. Photo: Valeport

Valeport launches new sensors for subsea survey

Valeport launched two new sensors for ROVs/AUVs and subsea survey.The new miniIPS2 and new uvSVX, which both offer operationally specific interchangeable pressure transducers that deliver enhanced accuracy for specific depth ranges. These field-swappable sensor heads make it easy for users to select the correct pressure range for their work and offer increased accuracy at any depth, alongside streamlining benefits to users who previously required different instruments for shallow and deep water. The smart miniIPS2 underwater pressure sensor has an accuracy to 0.01%. Key to the design is the

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BAE Reflects One Year after Takeover of Riptide

One year ago, the FAST Labs R&D arm of BAE Systems announced the acquisition of Riptide Autonomous Solutions, with the goal  to pair Riptide’s unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) with BAE's mission system capabilities in autonomy, navigation, communications, sensor processing and electronic warfare, among others. The Riptide family of UUVs includes three offerings: the 4.875” diameter (25 lbs.) micro, the 7.5" diameter (65 to 120 lbs.) 1MP (man-portable) unit and the 9" (9.375”) diameter (120 to 240 lbs.) 2MP. The family of unmanned vehicles are designed to

The Galaxy T2000 combined with the G2 sensor System delivers unprecedented densities (Photo: Teledyne Optech)

ASI Expands Lidar Portfolio with Teledyne Optech

Teledyne Optech has announced they have signed an agreement with Aerial Surveys International (ASI) to sell a Galaxy T2000, upgrade their existing Galaxy Prime to a Galaxy T2000 and install both sensors in the productivity-doubling G2 Sensor System.This purchase will enhance ASI’s capabilities through the effective 2-million point per second PRF of each Galaxy T2000.  Moreover, by combining both sensors on the G2 Sensor System, ASI will bolster their capacity to a true, effective 4 million point per second that provides unmatched point density with the highest available efficiency.The

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Planet Ocean, Pharos Team for Data Buoy Solutions

Planet Oceansigned a  partnership agreement with Pharos Marine Automatic Power to provide data buoy solutions worldwide. The partnership will see Pharos Marine responsible for manufacturing the buoy hulls and mooring designs while Planet Ocean will provide the sensors, loggers and telemetry solutions along with data visualization systems via their delivery partner OceanWise.  The new systems will also be able to take advantage of the conservation mooring capabilities of the Safe-Moor compliant mooring system.The DB range covers 1.25 to 3.6m diameter buoys specifically designed for

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Change of Management for Nortek

After over two decades at the helm of Nortek, a specialist in oceanographic instrumentation, Atle Lohrmann is taking on new challenges at newly started Hefring Engineering in Boston. Nortek’s new CEO, Finn Ivar Marum, has been entrusted with the task of ensuring Nortek’s continued growth.Nortek was established in 1996, when Atle Lohrmann set up offices outside Oslo, Norway, and started building up production capacity for Doppler instrumentation.Since then, Nortek has grown rapidly, with its revenues increasing from $985,000 in 1996 to $24.6 million in 2018. Many factors lie behind the

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OPT Announces PB3 PowerBuoy Contracts

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTT), a leader in innovative ocean energy solutions, has announced the signing of two new contracts with Enel Green Power Chile (EGP), a subsidiary of Enel Chile, part of the Enel Group, a multinational energy company and a leading global integrated electricity and gas operator. The combined value of the contracts exceeds US$1.9 million and includes the sale of a PB3 PowerBuoy and the development and supply of a state-of-the-art, turn-key integrated Open Sea Lab that will be OPT’s first deployment off the coast of Chile.The first contract with Enel

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Teledyne Optech Introduces Galaxy T2000

Teledyne Optech, a Teledyne Technologies [NYSE:TDY] company, and leader in lidar sensing has announced the next evolution of its Galaxy platform, the Galaxy T2000. A compact lidar-mapping sensor, the Galaxy T2000 provides a unique feature set for maximum collection efficiency and point density, and is the next step in the evolution of modern aerial surveying. Coupled with a new G2 mounting system, the Galaxy T2000 leverages its compact size to co-mount two sensors over a single aircraft portal, making it quite simply the most flexible commercial lidar system on the market today.The Galaxy T2000

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RBR Order to Support Great Lakes RAEON

Scientists have started a coordinated effort to study and monitor the health of the Great Lakes using a large number of RBR loggers and multiparameter sensors.RBR has recently delivered hundreds of world-class scientific instruments to meet the critical requirements of the Real-time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON).“RAEON will support comprehensive and multidisciplinary research to understand and manage the Great Lakes and will be a reference for researchers worldwide who are investigating freshwater ecosystems,” Dr. Fisk said.“This collaborative hub will enable researcher

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Silicon Sensing Unveils New MEMS IMU

Silicon Sensing Systems  will launch a new high performance all-MEMS inertial measurement unit (IMU), AMU30, at Sensors Expo this month. AMU30 is the company’s first IMU to combine high performance motion sensing with full attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) capabilities.  Based upon the DMU30, the AMU30 is designed to respond to growing demand for a tactical grade, non-ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) IMU that also outputs pitch, roll and heading data. The AMU30 is a micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) product offering a real alternative to heavier

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