We’re In The Final!

After a long silence, we are now finally delighted to reveal that we have made it to the final of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition! Please have a read of the article linked in the picture below, written by Jonathon Amos to update all readers on the competition.

 

 

 

We are taking SEA-KIT™ to the Oceanology International Show at Excel that is running between the 12th and 15th March 2018.

We will be with our technology partners Kongsberg Maritime on their show stand (D600) and will be displaying SEA-KIT™ in the dock area of Excel.

To be able to showcase SEA-KIT™ at a show such as Oceanology International is a huge honour for us and we are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible. It appears as if this is going to be a busy show for us!

Contact us at info@SEA-KIT.com to arrange a meeting and we look forward to seeing you there!

As part of the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team competing in the Shell OCEAN DISCOVERY XPRIZE, the SEA-KIT™ USV/AUV concept has been proven. It was shown that an Autonomous Surface Vessel can act as the mothership for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to perform high quality Bathymetry.

Using the Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN 1000 AUV, the team demonstrated the ability to perform an unmanned, long duration, high-quality sea bed mapping mission controlled entirely by the SEA-KIT™ USV. This mission profile included recovering the HUGIN AUV at night and in challenging sea conditions.

The team had to capture and process all data within a 36hr period to be matched against the established base map for comparison.

All requirements for the Mission were performed successfully and we look forward to being invited back for Round 2 once all Round 1 entries have been completed and the Judges decisions have been finalised.

SEA-KIT International is very proud that the team were able to demonstrate this bleeding edge technical capability and especially to have done so under such challenging conditions. Offshore on a Norwegian winter’s night is definitely a time that unmanned operations are appreciated!

We wish all other competitors the best of luck and we look forward to the challenges to come!

Large AUV Recovery

It is currently a very special time for SEA-KIT International.

Our amazing piece of Autonomous Ocean-going technology has not only been delivered but amazingly she has arrived on time and on-budget too!

SEA-KIT is an industry changing piece of technology designed to not only autonomously map the world’s oceans, but also provide a platform for a huge range of mission possibilities in a wide range of sectors.

Testing and developing any new and ground-breaking concept can often be a fraught affair, but in this case it has been a calm and controlled process which has produced some remarkable achievements.

This week has seen the first time that a large Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was able to be recovered by an unmanned vessel and demonstrated an ability that many have put on the “too difficult” pile. This is a remarkable achievement.

When developing advanced capabilities, you never quite know how things will go, so when you see something just do exactly what it was designed to do it is a huge relief!

Huge thanks must go to Hushcraft Ltd who designed and built SEA-KIT so successfully, Ocean Floor Geophysics  who own and operate the HUGIN AUV and Kongsberg Maritime who have provided the K-MATE autonomy controller.

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