Last September the Royal Navy took to the Thames to show off the latest addition to Her Majesty’s fleet – a drone boat. Officially christened the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed or MAST (see what they did there?), the unmanned craft is constructed on a dystopian-sounding ‘Bladerunner’ hull and can hit speeds of around 60mph. So far it’s only intended for reconnaissance missions, but before long rest assured some salty tar will have whacked a bloody great cannon on it.
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30th January 2017
This market research study identifies ASV Global, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, ECA, Liquid Robotics, Teledyne Marine, and Ocius Technology as the leading players in the global unmanned surface vehicle (USV) market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by the end-user (civilian and defense) and geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).
TerraSond, a hydrographic services company based in Palmer, Alaska (USA), used a C-Worker 5 (CW5) unmanned Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) in conjunction with a 105’ (32m) research vessel from June through August 2016 on a major hydrographic survey in the Bering Sea region of Alaska.
The ASV served as a force-multiplier, collecting multibeam and towed side-scan data alongside the larger vessel, which surveyed adjacent lines simultaneously.
The vehicles being tested by the Royal Navy during its recent Unmanned Warrior event may look impressive, intimidating, even bizarre, but what connects them is more notable.
The hardware on show at the event was impressive, 50 vehicles performing tasks ranging from reconnaissance to mine detection and even stopping attacks on other ships. Tom Austin-Morgan met some of the designers behind these Unmanned Warriors.
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ASV Global, manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has reached the landmark of 1,000 days of unmanned operations.
The 1,000 days of unmanned operations cover a wide variety of applications that have been carried out by ASV Global platforms over the past six years. These applications include hydrography, oceanography, subsea positioning, mine countermeasures, ISTAR and naval gunnery training.
Thales, BAE Systems and their partners SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation that the UK MOD and French Defense Procurement Agency will continue its collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) program. Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the program develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices.
Read the full story at Marine Link.
The Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise, taking place this October, will see over 40 participants from industry, academia and defence operating unmanned and autonomous vehicles. Katie Woodward speaks to ASV Global sales and marketing director, Vince Dobbin, to find out more about the company’s involvement.
Read the full story at Naval Technology.
Angellica Bell from The One Show joined the Royal Navy at Unmanned Warrior to see how unmanned autonomous vehicles can work collaboratively in mine hunting missions.
Using ASV’s proven ASView control system, the C-Worker 5 successfully demonstrated the benefits of using UAV’s to reduce risk in mine hunting operations.
Watch the full episode here.
The U.K. Ministry of Defence has given ASV Global a licence to use its Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Capability technology. The contract has been signed through Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer arm of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
The licence is centred on Dstl’s Advanced USV Capability Project, due for completion in late 2017, which has developed an autonomous navigation system that enables USVs to operate safely at both high and low speeds.
Read the full story at NavalToday.com.
ASV Global has announced that it has signed a licence agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence allowing for the use of the latter’s Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Capability technology.
With funding from Dstl, ASV Global has developed advanced marine autonomy software, recently showcased on the Tidal Thames with the Royal Navy. This licencing agreement will enable ASV Global to exploit this technology across its current product range which offers Autonomous Surface Vehicles for both military and commercial applications.
Read the full story at Unmanned Systems Technology.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon discussed ground-breaking technology that the MOD will support with its new £800 million Innovation Fund.
Highlighting the MOD’s partnerships with innovative SMEs he said ‘At sea, ASV Ltd has developed the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed, or MAST, a superfast unmanned boat with a unique Bladerunner hull shape, capable of tracking high-speed targets and dodging other ships without human assistance.’
Read the full story at gov.uk.
As the pace of automation gathers speed – from the Internet of Things to factory floors – there’s a lot going on quietly but efficiently in robot boats, in particular, with Portchester-based ASV Global.
Founded in 1998 “as an idea”, ASV – which stands for Autonomous Surface Vehicles – took off in 2007 after winning a research and development contract with the Defence Science and Technical Laboratory (DSTL). The 70-strong company builds robot boats for the British military, other defence contractors and commercial customers alike.
Read the full story at The Register.
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is partnering with the Office of Coast Survey, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, and ASV Global, an unmanned vehicle manufacturer, to conduct an operational evaluation of an unmanned surface vessel (USV) during a bathymetric and marine habitat survey offshore of the Carolinas.
Read the full story at NCCOS.
ASV Global, leading manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has expanded into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
Working alongside local universities and authorities ASV is bringing the latest in Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology to the emerging South American market.
ASV Global do Brasil LTDA will offer sales, customer support and operational services. The new venture is being led by COPPE postgraduate and experienced naval architect Rafael Coelho.
Read the full story at Ocean News & Technology.
First it was drones in the skies; now the military wants drones at sea. A speedboat nicknamed the Bladerunner sped along the Thames yesterday, testing the limits of unmanned, high-speed maritime travel.
Military officials hope that robotic spy boats could be the future of Royal Navy reconnaissance. Regulations on the busy river meant that a sailor had to pilot the vessel for the trial. However, the lessons learnt from the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (Mast) will inform plans for crewless boats and even warships.
Read the full story at The Times.
A drone speedboat that could pave the way for a Royal Navy robot fleet of high-speed reconnaissance and surveillance vessels has been unveiled by defence scientists.
The 34ft boat can skim across the waves at more than 50kts to track high speed targets, while navigating and dodging other ships without the control of a human.
Naval commanders believe the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) could herald a robot fleet of high-speed craft packed with sensors to carry out spy and scouting missions.
Read the full story at The Telegraph.
An unmanned robotic speedboat dubbed ‘Bladerunner’ is being trialled by the Royal Navy in secret tests that could revolutionise maritime warfare.
The Royal Navy hopes the new technology will allow it to leapfrog rival militaries, including China and Russia which are investing heavily in autonomous design.
Read the full story at Express.
ASV Global secured an order to design and manufacture six new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) for SeaTrepid DeepSea.
The vehicles will be used in a multiple autonomous vehicle program developed by SeaTrepid DeepSea combining USVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to conduct wide area, high-resolution surveys. The new vehicles will each be fitted with an acoustic underwater positioning system to track the AUVs throughout shallow and deep waters.
Read the full story at Subsea World News.
ASV Global, UK, is to design and build six brand new Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for SeaTrepid DeepSea.
Derivatives of the ‘C-Worker’ range of ASV Global platforms, the new bespoke ‘SeaWorkers’ will each be fitted with an acoustic underwater positioning system to track the AUVs throughout shallow and ultra-deep waters. Using USVs to track the AUVs brings a step change in operational efficiencies with significant cost savings compared to using a traditional ship.
Read the full story at Hydro International.
James Hailstones, Business Manager for ASV Global, describes the potential for cost savings and risk reduction with autonomous surface vehicles…
Read the full story at Adjacent Oil & Gas.
Marine Technology Reporter’s annual MTR100 awards edition is the subsea industry’s most awaited annual ranking of the leading companies serving the global subsea industry.
A leader in the growing market for Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology, ASV Global made the grade to feature in the MTR100 for the 4th year in a row.
Read the full story at Marine Technology Reporter.
TerraSond, a hydrographic services company based in Palmer, Alaska (USA), utilised an unmanned Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) to assist with the acquisition of survey data in July of 2015 in the northern Bering Strait region of Alaska. The 12’ ASV, a military target drone converted into a hydrographic vessel, worked in conjunction with a larger survey vessel and acquired the first data from an unmanned vessel to be used to update a US nautical chart.
Read the full story at Hydro International.
The hydrographic survey industry is changing and moving away from manned operations in an effort to reduce costs and increase safety. During the Shallow Water Survey 2015 conference this new approach and the associated challenges were assessed by Swath Services during the collection of ‘The Common Dataset’ associated with the conference. The aim of participating with an Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) was to determine if it was actually possible to undertake such a high specification challenge with a USV. The common dataset provides a benchmark against which the performance of the USV can be measured.
Read the full story at Hydro International.
After successful trials on Halcyon Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), Thales and ASV strengthen their partnership. Both companies have signed an agreement to develop autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) technology and capability for maritime, civil, security and military domains.
This agreement, which builds on the strong existing relationship and the combined skills and expertise of the two companies, provides world leading, innovative solutions for autonomous maritime requirements.
Read the full story at Navy Recognition.
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