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Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav hybrid inertial navigation instrument will be integrated into the SEA-KIT to improve navigation in challenging environments. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Tests Autonomous Vehicles Navigation for UK MOD

overcome this challenge, providing a continuous and resilient navigation in denied environments capability that will be ideally suited to challenging operations such as mine-counter measures (MCM).”In total, 21 contracts were awarded by DASA, on behalf of the UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), amounting to £2.1 million ($2.6 million) in funding. The awards are part of the Autonomy in a Dynamic World competition, launched last year, which aims to address factors that affect the military effectiveness of current autonomous technologies.DASA project manager Helen Mullender

Photo: L3Harris Technologies

Royal Navy taps Autonomous Vehicles

;s Royal Navy.The Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) 13 is a 13-meter (41-ft.) long high-speed system capable of fully autonomous navigation. The ASV uses L3Harris’ ASView proprietary autonomous control system and advanced algorithms developed for the U.K.’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).Designed, built and commissioned by L3Harris’ Unmanned Maritime Systems team based on the south coast of the UK, MAST 13 was officially launched on September 11th at DSEI in London.The system carried out unmanned surveillance and force protection in the Victoria Dock at DSEI

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth AUV (Photo from Saab Seaeye)

Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

field later and used for trials with Trondheim-based robotics firm Eelume’s snake-robot on a tether.Another SDS – the first built – is now installed in 365 meters water depth offshore Trondheim, following trials in the DORA facility there, as part of the autonomous underwater technology laboratory test facility run by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).During the demonstration event at Motala, Helge Sverre Eide, business manager, Blue Logic, said, “To maximize use of drones, we need to change the way we work and the way we think. If you have made that investment

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A SmallSat AUV Network

marine robotics is our close friend and collaborator, Joao Tasso (De Sousa).”In fact, Portugal is a powerhouse of AUV development and research. Apart from hosting the biennial IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium, the country boasts both Tasso’s Underwater Systems & Technology Laboratory, or LSTS, and the researchers of INESCTEC. Prof. De Sousa recently led a Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition aboard their Falkor research vessel that explored ocean salinity fronts using multiple areal and underwater robots. He’s also been known to lecture NATO navies on combined AUV

Photo: L3 ASV

Autonomy: L3 ASV, Dstl Complete Demos

L3 ASV announced the completion of a series of demonstrations at the Australian Defense Showcase, Autonomous Warrior 18.In support of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), L3 ASV operated a 9-m vessel outfitted with autonomous navigation capability for reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks.The vessel, dubbed MAST-9, operated in fully autonomous mode, including COLREG aware collision avoidance, navigating the waterways at speeds of up to 40 knots, for over 80 hours, across the two-week event. MAST-9 successfully executed seven different task types comprising loiter, shadow

Photo courtesy of Planet Ocean Ltd.

Royal Navy Supports Successful Trial of New Micro-Robots

Navy's HMS Enterprise during the trial and successfully collected Sound velocity profile data to depths of 100 m. These data will be compared with those collected by traditional 'over-the-side' instruments deployed from the ship, allowing the Royal Navy and the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to assess the benefits of this new robotic technology. While the subs were deployed and recovered by the RN, initially the vehicles were piloted by our senior software engineer Jérémy Sitbon on board the Enterprise, but following his departure, further deployments

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

;o Luís Pereira2, Núria Pujol12, Manuel António Ribeiro2, Carolina Rodríguez1, Paulo Sousa Dias2, Matt Toberman6, Dionisio Tudela1, Jüri Vain8, Emily Venables6. 1Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), 2University of Porto, Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory (LSTS), 3University of Zagreb, Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST), 4University of Cyprus, Oceanography Centre, 5SASEMAR, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, 6Irish Coast Guards, 7The Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS, 8Tallin University of Thechnology - TUT

New software from SEA will benefit the environmental data science community in areas such as interpreting ocean temperatures (Image: SEA)

Open-source Software for Environmental Science Community

analysis and understanding of the features of complex, high dimensionality data.   RTS has used it for analyzing oceanographic data variability in order to better understand military sonar performance in complex underwater environments.  RTS has engaged with the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Royal Navy staff to present the software capabilities and discuss uses.   The web application software architecture separates data access and manipulation from data visualization, allowing devices running only a web browser to rapidly interact with data handled on a server

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

comprehensive command and control of the USV operation. Thales is a key sensor provider to the Royal Navy’s existing minehunting fleet through the operationally proven Sonar 2093 and Sonar 2193.   Thales is also involved, with industry partners, in the U.K.’s Defense Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) innovative research program MAPLE (Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation), which is developing the future architecture for Unmanned Systems Command and Control by enabling multiple unmanned platforms, such as unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and unmanned

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