Marine (AUVs and ASVs)

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. 

Dive Boston400x275Dive Technologies, which is developing subsea robotics, today announced raising $4 million in a new round of equity funding, bringing its total funds raised to $9.5 million.