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iXblue Equips Ifremer's New 6000m AUV

.  “As outcome of an international tender published in 2019, Ifremer has chosen the Sams-150 for its advantageous functional characteristics in terms of swath width and resolution, at the full 6,000m below the surface capability”, comments Jan Opderbecke, head of the Unit for Underwater Systems at Ifremer. “The antenna’s dimensions suit Ifremer’s AUV design perfectly. Successful former experience with Echoes 5 000 will be reconducted with the upcoming, optimized new generation release of the sub-bottom profiler.”“We are very excited to be onboard the

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For the Royal Australian Navy, Technological Leap Starts Small

sweep, made by Thales, which is a towed magnetic and acoustic multi-influence sweep for detonating influence mines.  If you know there’s a mine out there, you can send out one of the unmanned boats and trigger the mine using the AMAS,” said Troy Stephen who is the Director of the Underwater Systems Business for Thales Australia. “The AMAS is a proven capability used by many navies around the world.”General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin Robotics General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin Robotics of Quincy, Massachusetts, has delivered both 9-inch and 12-inch diameter Bluefin

Sonardyne’s BlueComm undersea communications system enables wireless transmission of high bandwidth tactical data, including video, underwater. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Austrlia DST Chooses Sonardyne's BlueComm

commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology that enables wireless transmission of high bandwidth tactical data, including video, over ranges of a few tens or even hundreds of meters, at rates of up to 10 megabits per second.With it, forces can vastly increase the communications capability of their underwater systems to drive faster, safer and better-informed decision making in theaters of operation. It could be considered for use with swarms of autonomous vehicles mapping areas for mine-like objects, for USVs acting as surface communication gateways or as part of emerging MAS networks.Because they use

Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

internal development, acquisition or partnering with others.Before joining Mitcham, Meecham served as Chief Technology Officer for Northern Defense Industries for six years.  Prior to that, his experience includes technology and engineering positions at Sonardyne International and Thales Underwater Systems.  Meecham, who has published a number of articles concerning marine acoustic technology, holds an M.Sc. (P.C. Interfacing & Software Applications) and a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College, London, U.K.In his role, Dr Ramsay's initial focus will be to guide the development of

CMA CGM to Support Notilo Plus Rollout

industrial development of Notilo Plus, a Marseilles-based start-up specialized in autonomous underwater solutions, in order to help them launch their industrialization.Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater dronesFounded in 2016 and based in Marseilles and Lyon, Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater systems featuring artificial intelligence and data enhancement capabilities. It develops “made in France” autonomous solutions targeting the fields of maritime transportation, leisure and infrastructure.Last December, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA

Thyssenkrupp’s MUM concept. Image from Thyssenkrupp.

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

MUMs (and daughters) of invention: Sea nymphs and MUMs are inspiring a new generation of underwater systems and vehicles. Elaine Maslin takes a look.The list of applicants to enter the underwater domain is growing fast. The concepts vary, from underwater autonomous motherships able to carry an array of payloads over long distances to swarms of drop deployed ocean bottom nodes that can find their way to pre-programmed locations.At energy:connected, as the Oslo-based Subsea Valley cluster and annual conference is now called, some of these concepts were outlined, including those from two Norwegian

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JW Fishers’ Dropped Video Systems for Aquaculture

off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where the SIMCorp field crew was conducting a baseline benthic habitat survey (ocean mapping). The team’s experience speaks for itself as Senior Project Manager Bob Sweeney’s summary perfectly describes the precision, accuracy, and quality of our underwater systems: “the majority of our work is with the fish farming sector, Atlantic salmon and Rainbow trout, throughout Atlantic Canada where we are working on both proposed and existing aquaculture sites at depths of 20m to 300m. In this particular case, an aquaculture producer retained our services

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A SmallSat AUV Network

;The superpower in AUVs and 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

“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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