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Saturday, October 1, 2016

GD Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle

Bluefin-21

The General Dynamics Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) successfully launched multiple Bluefin SandShark micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (M-AUV) Underwater vehicle (M-AUV as part of several capability demonstrations at the U.S. Navy sponsored 2016 Annual Naval Technology Exercises (ANTX) in Newport, R.I. Through several ANTX demonstrations, the Bluefin SandShark M-AUVs surfaced and functioned independent of the heavyweight-class Bluefin-21. In one mission scenario…

DT To Address Role Of Unmanned Vehicles

The role of unmanned vehicles in the war against maritime terrorism will be one of the key topics at this year’s UDT Europe, taking place at La Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples, Italy, June 5-7. Keynote presentations will highlight the technological advances in remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous undersea and surface vehicles (AUVs), and detail how these vehicles can not only be used for typical naval missions but also to counter the rapidly growing threat of maritime terrorism. Unmanned vehicles can perform roles in harbor and coastal waters surveillance, mine counter-measure operations, intelligence operations, and as integrated components of harbor defense systems.

SeeByte Tapped for UK Navy’s Unmanned Warrior Exercise

Unmanned Warrior

SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it will demonstrate software solutions for unmanned systems as part of the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise. The exercise will feature more than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems and aims to demonstrate never-seen-before capabilities in the field of autonomy and unmanned systems. SeeByte’s software forms the core components of the Hell Bay 4 and MCM Challenge elements of Unmanned Warrior. The aim of these exercises is to develop and push the capabilities of autonomous systems…

Small Unmanned Boat 'Pioneer' Makes NjordWorks Debut

Unmanned Boat: Image courtesy of NjordWorks

Manufacturer of small unmanned vehicles, NjordWorks Inc., based in  Niceville, Florida, announce the debut of the 'Pioneer' unmanned boat for civil and commercial use. The Pioneer unmanned boat, or unmanned surface vehicle (USV), lives up to its name, say the manufacturers, as being the first in a class of small unmanned vehicles designed for very shallow and difficult to access bodies of water. Like other unmanned vehicles, the Pioneer’s mission is to perform dull, dirty and dangerous jobs either as a replacement for or complement to manned boats, swimmers and shore-side personnel.

SPAWAR, ONR Host Annual Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Competition

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) hosted the 11th Annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition at Naval Base Point Loma in , July 28-Aug. 3. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The competition challenged young engineers to design and build autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). It also encouraged contestants to consider a career in developing AUV technologies for the Navy. "Competitions such as this are a huge benefit to the Navy," said Capt. Mark Kohlheim, commanding officer, SSC San Diego. "There is a large interest in unmanned vehicles, and these competitions serve to put the theoretical into practical applications for the students involved.

ASNE to Host Launch & Recovery Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) announced that registration has opened for its Launch and Recovery Symposium 2014: Launch and Recovery of Manned and Unmanned Vehicles from Surface Platforms. The theme for 2014 is Mission Effectiveness, Safety and Affordability. The event is slated to take place November 19-20, 201 at the Maritime Institute conference center in Linthicum, Md. According to ASNE, the symposium provides an opportunity to learn about launch, recovery and operations of manned and unmanned vehicles from marine platforms. Manned and unmanned vehicles include helicopters, rotorcraft, fixed-wing aircraft, RHIBs, high-speed craft, tenders, UAV, USV, UUV and more.

Boeing, Fugro, Oceaneering Enter Partnership

Dutch engineering consultancy Fugro NV said that, together with Boeing Co. and Oceaneering International, it had sealed a partnership to provide underwater survey services. The venture combines the marine experience of Houston-based Oceaneering, an advanced applied technology company, Fugro and the unmanned vehicle and autonomous guidance technology of Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company. The underwater services, to be provided initially for oil and gas exploration and telecommunications markets, will be available by the end of this year. The vehicle should eventually replace towed survey systems that are currently used to collect data.

HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group, ESD is headquartered in Panama City Beach, Fla., and employs about 30 engineers, analysts, craftsmen and technicians. While ESD’s primary customer is the U.S. Navy, the company develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. It has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more.

Student-Built Robotic Boats to Compete

College Students from the United States and Canada will bring their robotic boats to Virginia Beach to compete for up to $20,000 in prize money. The event, the second International Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, is being sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Washington, DC-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The competition will occur June 18-21 at the Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach. The small lake on the resort’s property will be turned into the site of a simulated shipwreck of a ferry boat with passengers awaiting rescue. The student-built boats will be challenged to navigate a treacherous series of dangerous reefs and dock with the sinking ferry to rescue the passengers.

Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Wichita

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The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Sept. 17 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Wichita, designated LCS 13, honors the city of Wichita, Kansas. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the junior senator from Wisconsin, will serve as the principal speaker. Novelist and editor Kate Lehrer, the wife of former PBS news anchor and Wichita native Jim Lehrer, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by Lehrer breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship…

Salvage Ops for Downed Plane

Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Derrick Lines guides "Super Scorpio", a remote operated vehicle into position for safe recovery aboard the special mission charter ship M/V Kellie Chouest. Petty Officer Lines is assigned to Deep Submergence Unit Unmanned Vehicle Detachment, tasked with surveying the wreckage of an F-14D Tomcat that crashed off the coast of Point Loma, Calif. Kellie Chouest is one of four Submarine Support Vessels belonging to the Military Sealift Command Special Mission Ships Program. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Daniel N. Woods. By Journalist Seaman Cynthia R.

Rolls Royce to Lead Canadian Naval Research Project

An award of $3 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) funds the project. The development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) is a rapidly expanding part of naval marine technology, and Rolls-Royce has extensive capability in the handling systems that enable these advanced craft to be launched, refuelled and recovered from the sea. Rolls-Royce will develop automated systems to support the missions carried out by unmanned naval vehicles, including mine-countermeasures, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, coastal security patrols and environmental data collection. Rolls-Royce will design refuelling systems so unmanned craft can remain at sea for longer periods…

GPS-aided Inertial Navigation System on a Chip

VectorNav Technologies launch the VN-200, high-accuracy GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) on a surface-mount chip the size of a postage stamp. Combining an advanced GPS module with the latest in MEMS inertial and pressure sensor technology, the patent-pending VN-200 provides a coupled position, velocity and attitude solution that is robust to a wide range of static and dynamic operating conditions. The release of the VN-200 GPS/INS marks a significant advancement in the field of inertial navigation. Over the past few decades, the size, weight, power, and cost constraints of typical GPS/INS systems have greatly limited the type and number of end-use applications.

Kiel 6000 ROV Gets Certified by Germanischer Lloyd

The Kiel 6000 ROV manufactured by Schilling Robotics, has been certified by Ger¬manischer Lloyd (GL) as meeting requirements for safety and environmental impact. The technical monitoring group GL has conducted safety surveys of thousands of ships and several ROVs, but the survey of the Kiel 6000 is the firm’s first of a work-class ROV and of an unmanned vehicle with a 6000-meter depth rating. The ROV will join the ranks of high-profile GL-certified subsea vehicles such as the 6000-meter, deep-diving, manned MIR submersibles.

MV Kellie Chouest Aids in F-14 Recovery

Members from the San Diego-based Unmanned Vehicles Detachment (UMV) embarked aboard the 310-ft. MV Kellie Chouest, a research and salvage vessel, April 25 to recover an F-14D Tomcat that had recently crashed in the waters off of San Diego. The Tomcat was from Fighter Squadron (VF) 31, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. The two crew members of the aircraft ejected safely before the crash and sustained minor injuries. They were on a training mission from the Nimitz-class carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), homeported in San Diego. According to Lt. Cmdr. Chuck McGuire, the officer in charge (OIC) of UMV, the recovery was scheduled to take a week to complete. The unit's highly sophisticated unmanned vehicles were designed to help speed up the under-water search and recovery.

Lost NZ Ferry Propeller Found 120m Down in Cook Strait

Ferry Aratere: Photo courtesy of Interislander

The propeller had been lost earlier this month from the Interislander ferry, the 'Aratere', which is expected to be out of service for 6 months as a result, but the propeller has now been found in Cook Strait by Seawork Salvage Co., contracted by KiwiRail, reports Radio New Zealand. The propeller was discovered about two nautical miles from Tory Channel, by using sonar equipment and an unmanned vehicle. Citing a Seawork spokesman, Radio NZ say that the company will probably use its survey vessel, the unmanned submarine [sic] and another ship to salvage the propellor.

No Hands ISR Project Involves US/Japan Firms

Stiletto ISR: Photo credit MSHIP

MSHIP Co., a San Diego naval design firm joins with Uemura Seisakusyo Co., Ltd. of Japan on the project. MSHIP has designed the next generation high-speed military platform — Stiletto ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) — which will focus on future warfare with extensive use of unmanned systems. The Stiletto ISR, a mothership for unmanned systems, will offer easy launch, support and retrieval of unmanned vehicles. MSHIP's products, including the Stiletto ISR, received great response at the 2012 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition.

Natural-Disasters Themed LEGO Navy Robotics Competition

LEGO contestants: (U.S. Navy photo by Nicholas Malay/Released)

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division explains that the LEGO competition was held recently in the Maritime Technology Information Center in West Bethesda, Md. Elementary school student competitors Kevin Shan (left) and Nathan Greenidge are pictured here. Carderock is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and ship systems. For over 100 years, Carderock has helped preserve and enhance the nation's presence on and under the seas. Carderock is the full-spectrum research and development…

NOAA Awards Major Hydrographic Survey Contracts

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Navy Rolls Out New Mine Warfare Mission Package

The Navy rolled out its new Mine Warfare Mission Package for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in a ceremony on Sept. 14 at the ARINC Engineering Services facility near Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City, Fla. Congressman F. Allen Boyd, Jr. (D-Fla.-2), leader of the Mine Warfare Caucus, Dr. Delores Etter, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, and James Thomsen, Program Executive Officer Littoral and Mine Warfare, all spoke at the event. "These mission modules will revolutionize warfighting in the littorals and will fill critical requirement gaps that exist in the fleet today. We urgently need them as we continue to fight the Global War on Terrorism," said Etter.

ASV Debuts New Unmanned Surface Vehicle

C-Worker (Image: ASV)

ASV introduced C-Worker, a multiuse offshore unmanned surface vehicle developed to conduct subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring for oil and gas operations. C-Worker was demonstrated to members of the oil and gas and offshore surveying industries in January 2014 when ASV, alongside sister company C&C Technologies operated the vehicle in the Solent off Portsmouth, U.K. Fitted with a Sonardyne Gyro USBL acoustic positioning system, the vehicle successfully executed seabed positioning and Compatt calibration as well as station keeping and following survey lines.

General Atomics Battery for New Navy Submersible

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery systems for use on U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting divers in a dry environment. The GA-EMS LiFT battery system will power the DCS propulsion and internal support systems. “Our unique solution provides the energy needed to safely propel and power the DCS at the distances and depths required to deliver personnel to their mission destination,” said Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. LiFT battery systems are high energy density solutions for both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles.

BAE Systems Launches Talisman Autonomous Underwater System

BAE Systems launched its new autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) Talisman at Oceanology International 2006. The Talisman System, developed by BAE Systems in the UK, is a latest-generation modular multi-role UUV, capable of a wide range of maritime littoral operations. Fully-funded by BAE Systems' private venture funding, the Talisman program was launched in late 2004, going from paper to initial trials within less than a year. The program is part of BAE Systems' strategy to build up an integrated approach to unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems, leading to the development of Intelligent Autonomy which can be applied across all sectors.

 

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