Ro Ro Vessel from RMK Marine to Operate Almost Entirely with Wind Power
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Ro Ro Vessel from RMK Marine to Operate Almost Entirely with Wind Power

RMK MARINE won the international tender opened for the commercial sailing Ro-Ro Vessel, which will operate almost entirely with the propulsion of wind energy and signed a contract with its French client, Neoline Armateurs for the construction of the Vessel. The 136-meter sailing Ro-Ro Vessel, Neoliner, has masts built with carbon fiber technology and a 3000…

Kraken to Provide AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar to HII’s Medium Class UUV
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Kraken to Provide AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar to HII’s Medium Class UUV

Kraken Robotics Inc. has announced that its AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) System has been selected as the standard payload offering on HII’s new REMUS 620 Medium Class UUV.  Synthetic Aperture Sonar is quickly becoming the tool of choice for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations due to its significantly increased resolution and higher area coverage rates compared…

U.S. Navy Orders VideoRay’s Defender ROVs for Underwater Missions
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U.S. Navy Orders VideoRay’s Defender ROVs for Underwater Missions

VideoRay LLC, which develops remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for underwater tasks, has announced that the U.S. Navy has placed a large and diverse order for its Defender ROVs. The Navy is standardizing on VideoRay Defender Mission Specialist systems due to its capabilities, flexibility and upgradability of several systems deployed since 2019, the company said. Customer support for the Navy includes training facilities and staff on the East Coast in Pottstown, Pa., and on the West Coast in San Diego.

 

Seafarer Announces 2nd-Gen SeaSearcher Shipwreck Exploration Vehicle
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Seafarer Announces 2nd-Gen SeaSearcher Shipwreck Exploration Vehicle

Seafarer Exploration Corp. has announced the construction of its second-generation SeaSearcher platform, which will focus on deeper water and multi-mode exploration. The upgraded design is more streamlined and rugged, designed to operate in both autonomous and towfish modes with in-field change out for high-current sites.

 

Australia’s Blueprint Lab Changes Name to Reach Robotics
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Australia’s Blueprint Lab Changes Name to Reach Robotics

Blueprint Lab Pty Ltd., based in Sydney, Australia, has announced it will change its corporate name to Reach Robotics to reflect the company’s mission and technologies. The company creates advanced robotic arm solutions for harsh environments, enabling inspection and intervention in maritime infrastructure management, military and police operations, among other tasks.

 

PolyPlus Pilots Lithium Seawater Batteries for Deep Ocean Applications
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PolyPlus Pilots Lithium Seawater Batteries for Deep Ocean Applications

PolyPlus Battery Company, which is focused on developing next-generation batteries, has announced it installed a pilot manufacturing line to produce advanced Lithium Seawater Batteries (Li/SWBs) for subsea and deep ocean applications. The batteries have an energy density of 2,000 Wh/kg and greater than 1,500 WH/l, the company said.

 

MARTAC Demonstrates USVs in Australia, Germany
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MARTAC Demonstrates USVs in Australia, Germany

With an overarching theme of “Remote and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence” (RAS-AI), Autonomous Warrior is the largest unmanned systems Operational Experimentation (OPEX) event conducted in Australia.  As reported by NavalNews.com, Autonomous Warrior 22 (AW22) was a recent Australian Navy-led OPEX activity held 16-27 May in the vicinity of Jervis Bay and from several remote sites in Australia and overseas.

 

Sarcos Subsidiary RE2 Achieves Technical Milestone with Underwater Robotic Gripper
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Sarcos Subsidiary RE2 Achieves Technical Milestone with Underwater Robotic Gripper

RE2 LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corp., has announced it achieved a significant technical milestone with its Strong Tactile mARitime hand for Feeling, Inspecting, Sensing and Handling (STARFISH). The underwater end-of-arm tooling project is being funded through the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research to develop an advanced gripper with tactile feedback for mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) for the Navy. The company said it has successfully assembled and lab-tested a complete STARFISH gripper that can grasp and hold a variety of different objects.

 

Impossible Mining Raises $10.1M to Advance Seabed Mining Robot
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Impossible Mining Raises $10.1M to Advance Seabed Mining Robot

Impossible Mining, which is developing responsible seabed mining and refining technology, has announced raising an additional $10.1 million in seed funding. The company said it will use the funding to develop and test its four-mile deep robotic collection technology, as well as its Bio-Extraction technology.

 

QYSEA Launches New AI Vision For Underwater Drones
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QYSEA Launches New AI Vision For Underwater Drones

QYSEA Technology has announced an AI-based vision platform that allows its FIFISH Underwater Robots to achieve precise underwater active visual locking capabilities. The new capabilities aim to improve tasks such as 4K filming, operational work, and deep-sea inspections for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

 

Cellula Robotics Teams on XLUUV Project with Australian Navy

Cellula Robotics Teams on XLUUV Project with Australian Navy

Canada-based Cellula Robotics has announced it is six months into a contract with Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) to help develop the next generation of its fuel cell powered, Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV). Funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and in collaboration with sovereign subcontractors, the project SeaWolf is set to debut the first 12-meter XLUUV hull in Q4 2022.