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Teledyne Marine Opens Vehicles Service Center

in Slangerup, Denmark.The expanded facility in Slangerup will support the large number of LBVs, vLBVs, and Z-Boats throughout Europe, the company said. Customers of Teledyne SeaBotix and Teledyne Oceanscience will now have the option to have their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) repaired, refurbished and tested within Europe. Local service will eliminate the need to ship vehicles back to the United States, saving significant time, effort and money.The Service Center will feature a help desk offering ROV and USV users email access to a pool of support engineers

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Kraken Sets Up Unmanned Vehicles Facility

container which is available for use by COVE residents.Unmanned maritime vehicles (UMVs) are robotic systems which operate both below and above the surface and without an operator on board. UMVs are split into three submarkets: AUVs, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) and unmanned surface vehicles (USV).UMVs can range from very small vessels to that of a mid-sized ship or small submarine and are equipped with a variety of mapping, communications and navigation sensors. These systems are used in multiple applications such as naval mine detection, seafloor mapping, underwater asset infrastructur

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Navy: $2.3B Deal for 12 Mine Hunting Ships

warfare with military characteristics (acoustic and electromagnetic discretion, shock resistance)  adapted to the operational use targeted by the Belgian and Dutch navies. In particular, this vessel incorporates an implementation and recovery system for ECA Group's Inspector 125 unmanned surface vehicles (USV).  The drone systems on board these  vessels are the latest generation of drones developed by ECA Group over the past four years. They are integrated into the C2 MCM Umisoft system connected to the Naval Group's I4drones system to form the mine-warfare mission system integrated

Tasman DVL (Image: Teledyne)

Teledyne RDI Rolls Out New DVL

(TRDI) has launched its next-generation Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), the Tasman DVL.In 1995, Teledyne RDI designed and manufactured the industry’s first DVL, the Workhorse Navigator, aand has since delivered thousands of units globally to provide precision onboard navigation for subsea and surface vehicles.The new 600/300 kilohertz Tasman DVL, with its reduced size, weight and increased range, has been designed to supersede the Navigator with increased accuracy, and an industry first innovative field replaceable phased array transducer design, the manufacturer said. With increased bottom tracking

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

that’s nearly 14 times richer than that found on land. A large new vessel is being built for an undertaking that’ll use risers to lift minerals.Swire Seabed, too, has worked with Ocean Infinity, a Houston-based seabed exploration company which has paired six HUGINs with six unmanned surface vehicles, or AUVs, to survey vast areas of seabed using multi-beam (seismic) bathymetry and echosounders; bottom profilers; HD cameras; conductivity sensors; ocean-floor magnetometers and laser sensors. Importantly, those AUV payloads largely require the REEs subsea mining seeks.Deep sea mining techniques

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

. One key source of technology developments was the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Lab which spawned numerous vehicles, launched an industry leader, and trained many engineers now shaping the field around the world.The evolution of AUVs, sometimes known as UUVs, and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs), sometimes known and USVs, illustrates both technical and commercial influences. As the technology has matured the applications and business impact has grown too.AUVs ThenIn the early 1990s the MIT AUV Lab was working with a vehicle series known as the Odyssey Class. These were roughly

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Coda Octopus Launches Echoscope4G Series

AUV, ROV, and surface vessels and USVs.The Echoscope4G C500 Surface and the previously launched Echoscope4G Surface are the solutions for shallow water operations, and are available with a 20m depth rating. These much lighter, smaller housing variants make them ideally suitable for autonomous surface vehicles  or unmanned surface vehicles. With the sonars’ unique capability to generate real-time 3D images around complex structures, this allows inshore security inspection, asset integrity mapping and search and rescue operations to be quickly and effectively undertaken

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

that can provide faster and more thorough inspections of these enormously expensive platforms and help prevent not only catastrophic disasters, but also more common issues like wear and tear of underwater components.MARTAC Corporation has fielded a family of low-cost, rugged and adaptable unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) called MANTAS which have already been used for civilian missions as diverse as port and harbor security, commercial canal and dam hydrography, and commercial power plant inspections, among others.MANTAS has been used in a series of military and civilian exercises, experiments and demonstration

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
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Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

real-time ultra-high definition seabed imagery and maps for a variety of military and commercial applications. Kraken’s products are primarily targeted to the rapidly growing Unmanned Maritime Systems drone market which is primarily comprised of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs).Until recently, conventional side scan sonars have been the leading technology for detailed mapping and imaging of the seafloor. However, Kraken’s advanced sonar technology called Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) is now commercially available and is especially

Cefas’ Wave Glider Lyra sailing away on the start of the 41 day mission after being deployed from RV Cefas Endeavour. (Photo: Cefas)

Scientists Complete 1700km Autonomous Acoustics Mission

in Silicon Valley almost 9,000 km away and covered over 1,700km at sea.For this mission, Cefas’ Lyra was fitted with the new Simrad EK80 broadband echosounder with two transducers (200kHz and 70kHz), utilizing a version of the electronics that has been specifically designed for autonomous surface vehicles called the WBT Mini. The system was self-contained with its own dedicated battery and used in standalone mode. Lyra collected acoustic data continuously for 23 days on the organisms in the water-column at very high resolution, which scientists are now using to learn more about zooplankton and

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