March 19, 2021

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 6,000-pound unmanned submersible was able to collect underwater data, process it, understand the features of import, and automatically retask itself without human intervention.

The company said the initial trial is one of multiple tests that will prove out the ocean data collection submersible, which will operate autonomously to collect “an ocean data repository of unprecedented scale.”

“Deep ocean data promises to enlighten and advance us on everything from the understanding of flora and fauna to weather to how the world works,” said Judson Kauffman, co-founder and co-CEO of Terradepth.

Highlights of the phase 1 test included:

  • Success in the overall mission, demonstrating the basic end-to-end in situ automated data processing in a known submerged environment;
  • Running a proprietary machine-learning model algorithm on the robot to autonomously detect objects of interest;
  • Proving the proprietary data extraction capability for preparing sonar data for onboard processing;
  • Creating and demonstrating an end-to-end autonomous onboard data processing pipeline to enable automatic target recognition and follow-on autonomous retasking, which removed the human from data interpretation and retasking functions.

“The success of our first trial is an important first step towards democratizing ocean data, and is another important step toward our goal of sharing information that can help to conserve and protect 98.5% of Earth’s livable space – the ocean,” said Joe Wolfel, co-founder and co-CEO at Terradepth.

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