Marine (AUVs and ASVs)

SaildroneFunding400x275Saildrone, which develops ocean data, mapping, and maritime intelligence solutions, has announced closing a $100 million Series C funding round, bringing its total funding to $190 million. The company said new funding will be used to grow its data insight teams and scale go-to-market functions to meet rapidly growing demand for ocean domain intelligence.


UAE MarineChallenge400x275A group from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking registrations for its latest robotics challenge – the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) Maritime Grand Challenges will focus on finding real-time solutions for maritime safety and security. The challenge will be held in Abu Dhabi in June 2023, with more than $3 million in prize money being offered to teams.


TasGlobalHullRobot400x275South Korea’s Tas Global has announced the commercialization of a hull cleaning robot that can clean a ship’s surface above and under the water line. Attaching strongly and softly on a ship, the robot can clean while moving freely on curved surfaces. It includes various sensors and eight cameras facing all directions. While the robot weighs 200 kg, it can move smoothly by maintaining a positive buoyancy. An in-house developed portable filtration system, connected to the robot, can clean microorganisms and microparticles in three stages.


4ocean Be bot400x2754ocean has announced the arrival of the BeBot, an eco-friendly beach-cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment. The goal of the system is to restore coastlines while preserving the natural environment.


BuffaloAutomationFerry400x275Buffalo Automation, which develops artificial intelligence systems, has partnered up with Europe’s Future Mobility Network to launch Europe’s first fully autonomous robotaxi service in the Netherlands. The service provides autonomous commercial ferry service that can carry passengers in dense European traffic.


SaildroneSurveyor400x275Saildrone has announced that its uncrewed, autonomous Saildrone Surveyor was expected to arrive in Hawaii after a groundbreaking maiden voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu. While its autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) have performed ocean crossings before, the Surveyor is a new, larger class of vehicle optimized for deep-ocean mapping.


DeepTrekker400x275Canadian-based Deep Trekker has announced a new submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Pivot, which aims to strike a perfect balance between size and power for underwater robotics. Equipped with six strong thrusters powered by lithium ion batteries, the Pivot gives users stability, power, speed and control in a portable package.


DiveTech400x275Dive Technologies has announced it extended their partnership with Kraken Robotics to build a commercial autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for deep subsea cable and infrastructure inspections and geophysical surveys. Specially built for Kraken Robotics, the DIVE-LD will be outfitted with a unique survey sensor suite to augment Kraken’s existing fleet in Canada with a long-range, deep-sea survey capability. The DIVE-LD is expected to be delivered to Kraken later this summer.


RazerClearbot400x275Gaming company Razer has announced a partnership with ClearBot, which is developing robotics to clean up marine waste. As part of World Oceans Day, as well as Razer’s 10-year sustainability roadmap, the partnership aims to support environment- and sustainability-focused startups to give them the tools and capabilities to scale.


Seabed Velodyne 400x275Velodyne Lidar has announced that Seabed B.V., which develops equipment for offshore surveying and dredging, has selected Velodyne’s Puck sensors for its lidar mobile mapping system. The Seabed system is a mobile lidar solution for hydrographic surveys that can support sustainable planning to protect sensitive historic and marine environments.


ThayerMahan400x275ThayerMahan, which develops autonomous maritime security solutions, has announced its acquisition of Wingman Defense, an artificial intelligence startup based in Park City, Utah. The acquisition will help the company to apply machine learning tools to help customers in government and industry monitor the safety and security of ports, harbors and other marine areas.


KnightscopeVicor400x275Knightscope, which develops advanced physical security robots, has announced it selected Vicor to power its future fifth-generation of autonomous security robots. Victor develops high-performance power modules for use in industrial equipment, automation, robotics, UAVs, vehicles, satellites, and aerospace and defense applications.

WiBoticPowerPad400x275WiBotic, which develops autonomous charging and fleet energy management systems for robots, has announced it received the CE Mark approval for two of its wireless charging systems. The marks demonstrate that products traded in the European Economic Area meet rigid safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. The approvals extend on the company’s prior approvals under similar U.S. FCC regulations.


Terradepth400x275Terradepth, which is developing maritime data collection through unmanned underwater vehicles, has announced the successful completion of its Phase 1 trials. In a test executed at Lake Travis in Travis County, Texas, the company’s unmanned submersible was able to collect underwater data, process it, understand the features of import, and automatically retask itself without human intervention.

WiBotic MapView Mobile400x275WiBotic, a Seattle-based startup focusing on advanced autonomous charging for robots, has announced new software aimed at providing energy optimization for robot fleets. The new Commander software allows companies operating large fleets of aerial, mobile, underwater or industrial robots to visualize, configure and optimize the delivery of energy throughout the fleet.

Snakehead LDUUV 400x275As reported by in The War Zone, the new large-displacement unmanned underwater vehicle (LDUUV) Snakehead drones will be the largest carried out by U.S. nuclear submarines and will be deployed and recovered underwater. 

Details on who is building Snakehead are scant, but General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has stated it is building the lithium-ion LiFT battery for the system. Initial Snakehead missions will include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and downstream the Snakehead will reportedly be capable of electronic warfare.