Unmanned Vehicles

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Aquabotix's Swarmdiver Edge for Major Asian Military Agency

UUV Aquabotix has announced that it has received an order for its SwarmDiver EDGE hybrid micro unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) / unmanned surface vehicle (USV) product from a military agency of a major Asian country aligned with Australia and the United States. The order is for an amount of US$350,000 (approximately A$520,000).

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Sonardyne Demos New Tech at ANTX

Sonardyne Inc. will present its advanced unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) tracking results at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) this week in Newport, RI.The event’s attendees will be shown the results of recent trials which tested Sonardyne’s Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar

Falcon fitted with multi-function manipulator in test tank. 
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Saab Seaeye's Falcon for Ocean Research

A Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic vehicle is to help support a network of oceanographic and atmospheric sensors that are part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) transforming ocean research.Funded by the National Science Foundation, the overall OOI program is managed by Massachusetts-based

From the top of the wing to the bottom of the keel, saildrones are loaded with science sensors.

World First: Saildrone Circumnavigates Antarctica

A seven-meter (23-foot) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) called a saildrone has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica.The vehicle, known as SD 1020, was equipped with a suite of climate-grade sensors and collected data in previously unchartered waters, enabling

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Sea Machines to Demo Autonomy for MarAd

Sea Machines Robotics has been a progressive leader in advancing autonomy in the maritime space, and today it announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) to demonstrate the value of Sea Machines’ autonomous technology in marine oil-spill response ops.

ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) is a custom prototype built by SV Global Unmanned

Searching for Shipwrecks

The ice had barely retreated from the coast of northern Lake Huron this spring when a group of farflung researchers converged in Rogers City, Michigan. They were there to map unexplored areas of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If all went well, they would discover new shipwrecks and natural features such as sinkholes,

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RTSYS Debuts Micro-AUV NemoSens

French acoustics specialist RTSYS has launched its latest versatile micro autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) NemoSens, designed to perform numerous civil applications such as seabed imagery, environmental monitoring or wreckage localization.Unveiled after years of development, the flexible new AUV

Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

In 2009 I wrote a thesis on the use of unmanned systems for defense applications. At that time, the three buzz words of “dull, dirty and dangerous” dominated the narrative about what they are used for. Those words made perfect sense in the context of military applications where value is

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ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

Subsea vehicles and services provider Modus Seabed Intervention has selected JBA Consulting’s operational management software ForeCoast Marine to help optimize the operation of its hybrid autonomous underwater vehicles (H-AUV).The H-AUV capability is part of a development program by Modus, to introduce

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Offshore AUV, ROV Market to Grow 18.2%

The global market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) is predicted to propel at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2017 to 2025, says a recent industry report.In 2016, the offshore AUV and ROV market was valued around worth of $2.07 billion, which is foreseen to reach nearly $9.

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Oceaneering Lines Up Deepwater GoM Survey

Oceaneering International said it has secured a contract to perform the first-ever deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey in Mexican waters.The geophysical survey will be performed for BHP at its Trion development. Oceaneering will use the DP-2 Ocean Investigator, equipped with their OS-VI AUV and light geotechnical capabilities.