Marine (AUVs and ASVs)

ImpossibleMining400x275Impossible Mining, which is developing responsible seabed mining and refining technology, has announced raising an additional $10.1 million in seed funding. The company said it will use the funding to develop and test its four-mile deep robotic collection technology, as well as its Bio-Extraction technology.


ABS SpaceX400x275ABS, which provides classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, has announced a joint development project (JDP) with SpaceX. The project will review the remotely controlled functions of autonomous rocket recovery droneships used for booster rocket recovery at sea.


QYSEA AI VisionLock400x275QYSEA Technology has announced an AI-based vision platform that allows its FIFISH Underwater Robots to achieve precise underwater active visual locking capabilities. The new capabilities aim to improve tasks such as 4K filming, operational work, and deep-sea inspections for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).


RobotPlusPlus400x275China’s RobotPlusPlus, which develops “aerial work robots” (inspection robots for ships, storage tanks, etc.), has announced raising $15 million in a Series B funding round. This brings a total of $35 million in funding for the company, since its founding in 2017.


MARTAC T38 DevilRay400x275One of the more interesting technologies that we saw at this year’s Xponential 2022 in Orlando was the MARTAC T38, a 38-foot autonomous boat that can cruise the waters at up to 80 knots, and make tight, high-velocity turns in the water.


SeaWolfUUV400x275Canada-based Cellula Robotics has announced it is six months into a contract with Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) to help develop the next generation of its fuel cell powered, Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV). Funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and in collaboration with sovereign subcontractors, the project SeaWolf is set to debut the first 12-meter XLUUV hull in Q4 2022.


XponentialComposite400x275Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) brought its annual conference, XPONENTIAL, to Orlando, Apr. 25-28. The event invites industry innovators, technology experts and end users together to experience new technology that is solving real world problems, from safety and defense, to energy and infrastructure, business, construction, health, and the environment.  

MARTAC T38 400x275Fascinating new technology revealed at this week’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando included a family of autonomous boats, such as a 38-foot version that can cruise at up to 80 knots and make tight, high-velocity turns in the water that generate more than 6Gs of force.


MarkSetBot400x275WeatherFlow-Tempest has announced a collaboration with MarkSetBot to integrate data from their fleet of robotic sailing buoys into the company’s SailFlow app, which is used by sailors around the world. The sustainable smart buoys, fixed with wind measurement instruments, will provide WeatherFlow-Tempest’s SailFlow app with even more real-time wind data to better inform users.


RE2 Sarcos400x275Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation has announced a definitive merger agreement with Pittsburgh-based RE2 Inc., which develops autonomous and teleoperated mobile robotic systems for use in the aviation, construction, defense and medical industries. The transaction is $100 million, consisting of $30 million in cash and $70 million of Sarcos common stock.


ECA Group iXblue 400x275ECA Group and iXblue have announced entering exclusive negotiations to bring the two French companies together. Carried out by Group Gorge, the operation aims to create a “European high-tech industrial champion” in the fields of maritime, inertial navigation, space and photonics.


SeaScout400x275ThayerMahan, which develops autonomous maritime systems, has announced a collaborative partnership with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping / Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The partnership will help advance the sonar-based SeaScout system, for high-speed and high-resolution surveys of coastal and oceans.


DiveTech400x275Defense technology company Anduril Industries has acquired Boston-based Dive Technologies, which develops and manufactures subsea robotics. The acquisition was announced by Tanis Venture Management, Mill Town Capital, and Virginia Tech Carilion Innovation Fund & Seed Fund, which had invested in the company.


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.