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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

Photo: Coda Octopus

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
Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.

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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Canadian Hydrographic Service Grows Its USV Fleet

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) has taken delivery of two additional autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), bringing its fleet to four systems.The 2.5-meter USVs, built and delivered by Florida based SeaRobotics Corporation, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers.The SeaRobotics USVs are being deployed across Canada supported by regional training performed by SeaRobotics. CHS, part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has completed the first year of operation and the analysis of the efficiency and

(Image: RC Dock)

New Launch and Recovery System for USVs

The market for unmanned surface vehicles (USV) has exploded in recent years, leading to an increased availability and variation of systems for a wide range of operations.Having observed a lack of suitable launch and recovery options for these vehicles, U.S. based RC Dock has created a universal low-cost launch and recovery system (LARS) built especially for USVs.Many operators find that launching and recovering USVs, especially in rough seas at speed, prove difficult, limiting the overall usability of these systems, RC Dock said.The company’s LARS is a self-floating dock that can be operated

AIRMAR Sensors Offer Optimum Performance for AUVs

such as defense and security, oil and gas, oceanography, and hydrography is driving today’s development of Unmanned Maritime Vessels.   Growth in the commercial exploration segment of the market is attributed to the expanding use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) in applications such as surveys and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection.   “We’ve experienced considerable growth in our oceanographic survey business in the past twelve months,” stated Susan Bennett, Business Development Manager at AIRMAR

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

$1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) to undertake research in support of autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The five-year project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring system, as well as training and education of graduate and undergraduate students in ocean engineering

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities. The ASV follows the AUV in order to provide position updates to improve dead reckoning while the AUV provides status updates and basic survey information back to the ASV to be transmitted to shore.The project team involving software company SeeByte

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

for Oil Spills (e-URready4OS) is a European Union co-funded project (Directorate General – European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, DG-ECHO) aimed to join forces to make available a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with operational capability to intervene against oil spills using new cooperative multivehicle robotic technologies (http://www.upct.es/urready4os).   This project is a natural extension of the URready4OS previous project in which the concept of a cooperative multivehicle fleet

Fig 1 – Echoscope XD, Echoscope and Echoscope C500 Sonars (Image: Coda Octopus)

Meet the Future of Visualization and Mapping Sonars

and different price points. The unique volumetric pulse, the wide FoV and volume of data generated by this unique technology make it well suited to autonomous operation including autonomous assessment and identification and classification of unknown objects required by autonomous underwater and surface vehicles.    The world of subsea engineering will always be a challenging one, but with the right approach, equipment and ability to visualize the operations in real-time and 3D, the challenges can be managed and reduced to acceptable levels. As a leader in real-time 3D acoustic imaging and

A submarine glider, owned by Blue Ocean Monitoring, prepares for its first dive after being deployed off Orkney (Photo: NOC)

Marine Robots Detect Whales in the Deep Ocean

the NOC in partnership with 16 organizations representing U.K. government, research and industry.   The robots remained at sea for two weeks and were controlled remotely by pilots who communicated with the vehicles via satellite. The fleet comprised eight submarine gliders and three unmanned surface vehicles, travelling up to 200km offshore to the Faroe-Shetland Channel where water depths exceeded 1,000m.    As well as listening for ocean noise, the vehicles also collected high quality environmental data including ocean temperature, salinity, tidal currents, plankton abundance, weather

(Photo: SeaRobotics)

SeaRobotics Delivers USVs for Hydrographic Surveying

SeaRobotics Corporation said it has built and delivered two complete autonomous 2.5‑meter unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. The USVs are complete hydrographic systems, including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts and road trailers.   According to SeaRobotics , the contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors. The efficiency and cost effectiveness

Next generation Wave Glider heading out to sea (Photo: Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company)

Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider

Long-duration unmanned surface vehicles manufacturer Liquid Robotics has rolled out its next generation Wave Glider, featuring advancements to the platform’s operational range, and performance for missions in high sea states and high latitudes. Other updates include advancements for expanded sensor payloads and increased energy and storage capacity required for long duration maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring and observation missions.   “From the very first Wave Glider we’ve had a passion and relentless commitment to make the world’s best unmanned ocean robot

Tech for Breakfast: The Future of ASVs

2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast: The Future of Autonomous Surface Vehicles   The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between how Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. This member-exclusive event brings together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The next event will be held on October 31, in Pentagon City, Arlington, Va., from 7-9 a.m. and will feature a robust

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