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“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

oil & gas companies, their providers, and underwater vehicle manufactures spent the day generating a development strategy for AUVs for subsea applications,” said Bob Melvin, the Vice President of Engineering at Teledyne Marine Systems.  “Their number one requests was to make underwater systems that can perform subsea tasks.  To reach this goal there is acknowledgement that the commercial sector will need to leverage advances made in the defense sector.  But for this to become reality, operators need to be able to trust the AUV will complete its mission and return with useable

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

Canadian underwater systems and robotics manufacturer International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE) announced it has sold its latest ISE Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to China Ocean Mineral Resource R&D Association (COMRA). This ISE Explorer AUV is the first rated for operations at 6,000 m depth.The modular design of the ISE Explorer enables it to carry multiple payloads in its spacious, swappable, and customizable payload section including Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

Strategy from the National War College, is one of the world’s leading purveyors and developers of subsea technology.Several years ago at the home of then-CNO Admiral (Ret.) Gary Roughead, Marine Technology Reporter was invited to take part in a meeting and discussion on the future of Unmanned Underwater Systems, a meeting with a clear signal: improve subsea technologies, particularly in the area of power density, to allow the Navy to carry out its missions in a safer and more efficient manner.  That mandate stands today, as the U.S. Navy continues to push the envelope on subsea systems.No. 3Paul

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

. NAVSEA along with its predecessor organizations have been responsible for the design, construction, delivery, maintenance and disposal of the U.S. Navy’s ships and ship systems. NUWC is the center for the majority of research, evaluation, engineering operations, and assistance for national underwater systems. It also offers support for domestic weapons systems for any kinds of undersea resources. NUWC DIVNPT has extensive expertise, capabilities, and information in underwater unmanned vehicles, sonar and signal processing

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth hybrid ROV/AUV (Photo: Saab)

Unmanned Vehicles May Soon Take Up Residency Subsea

optic tether real-time communication/control at excursion ranges of up to 12km and can operate much further in AUV mode, without the fiber cable.For autonomous operations, Sabertooth is fitted with sensor reactive control and enhanced navigation capabilities, says Peter Erkers, sales director, underwater systems, during the Subsea Valley conference in Oslo in March. These capabilities, including autonomous docking, got Sabertooth on Italian oil firm Eni’s Clean Sea project, a subsea monitoring system covering oil spill detection, pre-planned surveys along flowlines and pipelines, and inspection

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division and its South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF), which extends offshore south of Port Everglades. The partnership provides extensive combined in-water testing and evaluation capabilities for UUVs and other underwater systems.  

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

can operate in harsh conditions onboard manned and unmanned marine vehicles virtually anywhere in the world. Certification of our KATFISH-M system underscores Kraken’s commitment to providing product reliability and quality for our customers.”Dr. Tom Tureaud, Kraken’s VP of Underwater Systems, said, “The KATFISH-M is a natural evolution of Kraken’s KATFISH 180 system. Designed to provide ultra high-resolution seabed imagery with constant resolution to full range, the KATFISH-M towed body is equipped with Kraken’s world-leading Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar

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

, Petter Norgren9, João 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

(Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

GD Mission Systems: Full-throttle Charge toward Autonomy

the kind of reliability that they need. And I think if you look at our products, you’re seeing that tremendous change is really high-end reliability, and that’s going to make those other technologies much more useful.    While your responsibility and experience transcends underwater systems, when you look at the biggest challenge to delivering an effective, cost-efficient product or system for operation in the world waterways, what do you consider to be the number one challenge today? Let’s say you solved the problem of making your UUV reliable; it’s developed, it&rsquo

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 will support the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater systems including Boaty McBoatface. (Image: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

have a range of 19,000 nautical miles and be able to accommodate up to 60 scientists engaged in ocean, seafloor and atmospheric research.    Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 will support the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater systems deployed from the vessel. Sonardyne’s exclusive wideband acoustic signal technology and 6G (sixth generation) hardware platform allows autonomous and remotely-operated vehicles, towed platforms and seafloor landers to be simultaneously and precisely tracked to ranges beyond seven kilometers

KATFISH undergoing sea trials in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland in February 2017 (Photo: Kraken Sonar)

KATFISH Completes Phase One Sea Trials

knots have been successfully demonstrated in shallow water depths up to 50 meters and in sea state conditions up to Beaufort 5 scale. In all sea states and towing conditions, the hydrodynamic stability of the KATFISH exceeded expectations.   Dr. Tom Tureaud, Kraken’s Vice President for Underwater Systems said, “We are very pleased with the positive results from the initial sea trials of KATFISH. We are confident that the KATFISH system will provide a considerable advancement in seabed survey missions for military and commercial applications.”   Phase Two testing has several

The Fusion combines AUV, ROV and diver navigation and propulsion into one system. (Photo: Nortek)

A Breakthrough in Hybrid Underwater Vehicles

A collaborative effort has produced a new generation in underwater systems, breaking with tradition by uniquely combining several underwater systems into a single platform.   The Fusion from U.S. manufacturer Strategic Robotic Systems is a breakthrough in hybrid underwater vehicles, combining AUV and ROV capabilities with diver navigation and propulsion – all in one system.   Essential to making this forward leap possible was Norwegian scientific instrumentation company Nortek AS and its Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), as crafty engineering and high-end bespoke sensors have helped to

Stingray 500 (Photo: Aquatica)

There's a New Manned Submersible on the Market

fast track dispatch, transportation and deployment for any assignment in all waters worldwide.”    The second agreement is with Singapore based MILWAVES Technology Pte. Ltd, a sales and service provider that serves the interests of a number of companies in defense technology and underwater systems to the military and maritime agencies in South East Asia. MILWAVES will be Aquatica’s exclusive representative for the entire line of submersibles and subsea services in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Myanmar, Philippines and the Maldives.   Richard Lee Business

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UK Royal Navy Contracts SEA for Sonar Support

Cohort plc company SEA won a contract by the UK Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) to provide support to a range of UK Royal Navy acoustic and sonar underwater systems fitted to the surface and sub-surface fleets. The two year deal to deliver the MoD Underwater Systems Architecture Advisory Service (USAAS) combines all Maritime Combat System Underwater Electronic Warfare (MCS-UEW) sonar support and advice requirements within a single program for the first time.   It is valued at around $1.27 million and will task SEA with providing advice and support for the Sonar 2150; Sonar 2054 Inboard Replacement;

New System Taps Ocean Thermal Energy to Power Underwater Vehicles

A clean energy startup based in Southern California is developing a power supply that generates electricity from temperature differences in the ocean to power a wide range of underwater systems.   Seatrec, Inc. has completed its seed round of financing to further develop the TREC Thermal RECharging Battery, a patented technology, researched, prototyped and field tested by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and licensed to Seatrec by Caltech, that employs a nontoxic material with the capacity to expand and contract with changes in temperature. These changes in volume are used to generate

FSI Pinger. (Photo: Falmouth Scientific, Inc.)

FSI: Two New Products to Find, Recover Autonomous Assets

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) is pleased to offer two new products to assist in the relocation and recovery of autonomous underwater systems and assets:   -- SAF-553 Stand-Alone Flasher   -- ELPF-553 Flash-Pinger   These are small, lightweight, battery-powered, intelligent devices that can be mounted directly on AUVs, Gliders, or other underwater equipment for recovery after their mission duration has elapsed. Multiple user-programmable settings allow for selection of delay, timing, flashing, and frequency options which enable use in a variety of different applications.   &n

Bosch Rexroth signed the Declaration of accession to the DeepSea Mining Alliance at the Rexroth booth of SMM ((f.l.t.r.: Michael Jarowinsky, Managing Director DeepSea Mining Alliance; Ad de Brouwer, Director Sales Marine and Offshore, Bosch Rexroth AG; Dr. Alexandre Orth, Manager Application Solutions & Support Marine and Offshore, Bosch Rexroth AG; Jörg de la Motte, Senior Vice President Sales, Industrial Applications, Bosch Rexroth AG; Dr. Martin Voss, Team Leader Industrial Ressource Harvesti

Bosch Rexroth Joins DeepSea Mining Alliance

is the future availability of mineral resources from the sea. Deep sea mining plays an important role for their exploration, mining, extraction and preparation. Bosch Rexroth will strengthen the Alliance with their experience in the area environmentally friendly technology for reliable and safe underwater systems. Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation

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