The Great Underwater Wall of Robots

The Chinese Navy is making growing investments in unmanned surface and underwater systems, aka “drones.” They are experimenting in building autonomous UUVs of all shapes and sizes, looking to make them work together with each other, and Chinese warships too. The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), which builds virtually all Chinese Navy warships, has proposed an “Underwater Great Wall” of sensors, positioned on the seabed floor, to listen for enemy submarines. http://www.popsci.com/great-underwater-wall-robots-chinese-exhibit-shows-off-sea-drones

The Promise of Technology: US Navy Could Save Billions of Dollars Sending Robots to Patrol the Oceans

By Sandra Irwin One of the defense industry’s most secretive technology developers — Boeing’s Phantom Works — is making a big bet on commercial robots it believes are better suited to military needs and cheaper than anything the Pentagon could ever invent. Seeing an obvious need in the U.S. Navy and motivated by the Pentagon’s rhetoric that it intends to buy innovative products from the commercial industry, Boeing executives decided to depart from the traditional defense business model and spend company funds to develop a family of autonomous mini-submarines. Boeing has worked on maritime robots for decades but in recent years, Phantom Works — known for designing stealth fighters and high-concept vehicles — has “really stepped up its investment in autonomous underwater vehicles,” said Lance Towers, director of advanced technology programs at Boeing’s Electronic & Information Solutions division. The market for robots has been booming in the defense sector since…

Kraken Sonar And Square Robot Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Strategic Partnership Will Design, Develop and Supply Innovative Sensors and Robotic Systems for the Global Oil & Gas Industry  ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – (Marketwired – June 10, 2016) – Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX-V: PNG) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Square Robot, Inc. for the design, manufacture and support of advanced sensors and robotic systems for confined area inspection applications used by the worldwide oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Square Robot, Inc. is a privately-held robotics company recently formed by Eric Levitt, Dr. Jerome Vaganay and William O’Halloran, former Bluefin Robotics Corporation executives. Square Robot is building a service-based business for confined area inspection applications. Working in conjunction with Square Robot, Kraken will co-develop a series of innovative robotic devices that will use advanced acoustic, optical and laser sensors to conduct remote inspection of…

IORE Welcomes Global Ocean Tech Firms as they Setup in Nova Scotia

AML Oceanographic & Kraken Sonar Systems open Dartmouth Offices Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 08 2016 – The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) welcomes AML Oceanographic and Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. as each company establishes new offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “Both AML and Kraken are well established and reputable members of the global oceanographic community,” says IORE CEO Jim Hanlon. “This is a clear indication that Nova Scotia is doing a good job of communicating our expertise, experience and commitment to world leading ocean tech companies and consumers.” Both firms will be temporarily located at a Nova Scotia Community College property, pending the opening of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), currently in development. This is part of NSCC’s continuing support to the ocean technology cluster. The vision for COVE is an open innovation center with space for ocean technology companies, marine service companies, ocean researchers and students, international collaborators, and…

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