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MK 18 Deployment, Retrieval Team Makes Historic AMCM Flight in St. Andrew Bay

(February 1, 2017) “This demonstration proved a possible lighter, less time intensive way to sweep for mines in theatre and deployed a MK-18 Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from a MH-60S aircraft.” … “The Fleet demand for the capabilities that the MK18 MOD2 brings to the Navy grows every day. We hope that this work furthers that goal.” Read Complete Story


Full Speed Ahead For Autonomous Countermine Technologies

(February 1, 2017) To the Navy specifically, the board’s report highlights the need to develop autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to carry out the dull, dirty and truly dangerous jobs otherwise performed by humans. Read Complete Story


NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans

(January 24, 2017) NASA is developing technology that could enable autonomous navigation of future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter's Europa. The agency is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that would allow submersibles to make their own decisions during exploration of extraterrestrial water worlds. Read Complete Story


UDT Asia: Singapore’s growing underwater confidence

(January 11, 2017) The RSN has operationalised the Hydroid Remus 100 and the ECA K-Ster expendable mine disposal vehicle into upgraded Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessels. The portable REMUS was used with great flexibility during the search for AirAsia Fight QZ8501, where it was airlifted by a C-130 and operated from an Endurance-class LST. Read Complete Story


Local Navy Contract Awards

(January 4, 2017) Hydroid, Inc., Pocasset, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $11,095,549 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-13-D-0005) to increase the quantities for the procurement of MK 18 family of systems—unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems. Read Complete Story


Diving drones are mining the ocean depths for data – and they could soon predict the weather

(December 28, 2016) Autonomous gliders, cameras and sensors trawl the oceans looking for signs of environmental changes. Read Complete Story


Modernizing the Navy's Mine Hunting Platforms

(December 14, 2016) Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, Director, Expeditionary Warfare (OPNAV N95): "Moving forward, we will continue to build our MCM capability to meet ever more challenging threats. The success of un-manned systems like the MK18 Mod 2 will ensure our Explosive Ordnance Disposal Sailors continue to maintain expeditionary MCM capability into the future. Moreover, the benefit of these un-manned systems extends well beyond N95 and MCM to other warfighting platforms and domains." Read Complete Story


Local Navy Contract Awards

(November 3, 2016) Hydroid Inc., Pocasset, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $7,408,735 modification to a previously awarded ... contract (N00174-14-D-0001) to exercise option three for engineering support and training services for the MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle systems. The MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems are in support of very shallow water missions, very shallow water mine countermeasures and underwater object localization tools.  Read Complete Story


Unmanned and underneath: Stay in the know about underwater drones

(November 2, 2016) Among the most prolific unmanned undersea drones are the Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS (REMUS) family of UUVs. The REMUS product line was developed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Hydroid, a Massachusetts-based UUV manufacturer that is now owned by Kongsberg Maritime. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, a REMUS 100 UUV was used to help clear sea mines from the waterways around the port of Umm Qasr, marking the first time a UUV was deployed in a combat environment. The larger, more capable REMUS 600 is a torpedo-shaped underwater drone designed to carry a large payload of sensors down to a depth of 600 meters for meteorological and oceanographic surveying. The Kingfish, a U.S. Navy variant of the REMUS 600, is expected to replace the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program, an effort to use dolphins and sea lions to detect sea mines, within a few years.  Read Complete Story


Navy Seeking Unmanned Underwater Advances To Field Today, To Inform Next Generation Sub Design In 2020s

(October 31, 2016) The Navy submarine community is pushing hard to make progress on unmanned underwater vehicle development and operations, which lag behind unmanned aerial vehicles, through prototype testing and the creation of a UUV squadron. ...

The Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish UUV was brought to the Middle East in 2012 and used by a team of developers and U.S. 5th Fleet sailors to conduct real missions.

“We think we pretty much skipped a whole generation of testing, evaluation and development” thanks to the rapid fielding approach, Merz said. Read Complete Story


Croatian Navy Receives Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

(October 18, 2016) Croatia's Ministry of Defense reports the country's navy has received an undisclosed number of autonomous underwater vehicles from the United States.

The Remus 100 vehicles were manufactured this year, the ministry said, and were received as a donation.

"The donated vehicles are of very recent date ... and are intended for various underwater operations, and will greatly upgrade the counter-mine capabilities of the Croatian Navy and by extension the maritime protection capabilities of the Republic of Croatia," it said. Read Complete Story


Unmanned Warrior puts the future of marine warfare to the test

(October 17, 2016) For the minehunting challenge, actual Royal Navy minehunter ships were used as they tested the Remus 100 and Remus 600 robotic submersibles with advanced sonar for seeking out dummy mines. In addition, the Remus are designed to be lightweight and easily customizable, so they can be quickly adapted to different tasks. Read Complete Story


Royal Navy Demonstrates REMUS 600 UUV At 'Unmanned Warrior 16'

(October 15, 2016) UK Royal Navy has transported a REMUS 600 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to take part in Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise.

The REMUS 600 AUV / marine robot was designed to support the Navy's increasing need for operations that require extended endurance, increased payload capacity, and greater operating depth. It boasts the same software and electronic subsystems found in REMUS 100 AUV, with a depth rating and increased capabilities. Read Complete Story


WHOI's REMUS TurtleCam

(September 18, 2016)  It was the best possible outcome for engineer Amy Kukulya and biologist Kara Dodge, the duo behind last year's TurtleCam crowdfunding project. They were able to tag and track a leatherback turtle for four hours and capture huge amounts of data and video of the creature's feeding habits and behavior. And best of all, the TurtleCam — a modified REMUS-100 autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with video cameras — was able to hone in on the acoustic tag and follow the turtle, just as designed. Read Complete Story


Hydroid Announces REMUS Software Updates

(September 12, 2016) Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid, Inc., a manufacturer of marine robotic systems, has released version 7.4.0 software updates for its REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and REMUS Vehicle Interface Program (VIP), an intuitive graphical interface that allows users to view the vehicle's status, program missions and download the data, all from one easy-to-use program.  Read Complete Story


On the Cusp of an Undersea Revolution: Shaping New Ways to Deal with the Threat from Mines

(September 7, 2016)  A new epoch – autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) – promises a radical change in undersea warfare at just the time when conventional technology is becoming less and less affordable throughout the naval world. The greatest threat to warships and commercial shipping is not anti-ship missiles or torpedoes, but rather mines. ... The AUV revolution is being led by Hydroid, a U.S. company now owned by Kongsberg of Norway.  Read Complete Story


Northrup Grumman Conducts Advanced Unmanned Systems Teaming

(September 5, 2016) During the three-day demonstration held in August, Northrop Grumman's autonomy framework connected a Kongsberg REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), two Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider unmanned surface vehicles (USV), and a manned helicopter representing a Northrop Grumman Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV).  Read Complete Story


Undersecretary of Defense Visits U.S. Navy's Cyber Thought Leaders

(August 24, 2016) The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is briefed by Todd Webber about the MK18 unmanned underwater vehicle and other maritime systems engineering work during the secretary's visit to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. The MK18 has been deployed to the 5th Fleet AOR where its responsiveness, accuracy and dependability have provided unprecedented mine countermeasure coverage.  Read Complete Story


Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

(August 24, 2016) The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps should advance the way they use unmanned systems, favoring greater autonomy over remotely-controlled missions and developing multi-vehicle systems such as swarms and cascaded operations, according to a recently released report by the Defense Science Board.  Read Complete Story


MTR100: Hydroid

(August 18, 2016) Hydroid, Inc. – a part of Kongsberg Maritime’s autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) group since its acquisition by Norwegian technology conglomerate Kongsberg Gruppen in 2008 – is a manufacturer of AUVs, including its signature REMUS vehicles. Read Complete Story


Growing Interest in AUVs for Oil and Gas

(August 11, 2016) Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have evolved from an emerging technology with niche uses, and the oil and gas sector is now one of the largest potential growth areas, says Ben Wilby, Analyst at Douglas-Westwood (DW).

Douglas-Westwood’s new AUV Market Forecast 2016-2020 considers the prospective demand for AUVs in the commercial, military and research sectors over the next five years.  Read Complete Story


Autonomous Sub Market to Grow by 50 Percent

(August 5, 2016) In a report published Friday, analysts Douglas-Westwood said that they expect the demand for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to grow by nearly 50 percent by the end of the decade, reaching demand of over 900 units per year.  Read Complete Story


Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives

(July 21, 2016) Covering more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, the maritime landscape can be vast and unforgiving, presenting extremes in temperature, depth, and hazards.

But the Naval team of physicists, engineers, researchers and developers at Surface Warfare Center Panama City, Florida, continues to bring the “force of the future” to today’s warfighters, delving deeper, so to speak, into underwater counter-mine and irregular warfare technology that saves lives, ships and dollars.  Read Complete Story


Hydroid's Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish at RIMPAC 2016

(July 15, 2016) Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, speaks with Sailors assigned to Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Team 153, about the Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, used for hunting mines, foreground, while touring the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016.  Read Complete Story


Curiosity and High-tech Sonar Uncover Lost WWII Torpedo Bomber 72 Years Later

(July 4, 2016) For 72 years, it was missing in action. The Navy torpedo bomber rested on the sandy bottom off Palau’s coast, its fuselage violently broken from anti-aircraft fire amid heavy fighting of World War II.

Its presence there in the South Pacific went unnoticed until this spring, when a volunteer team of divers, historians and oceanography experts found the wreck. After some research and calculations – plus some high-tech sonar – the team determined the aircraft was a three-man TBM-1C Avenger that had crashed during a bombing run in July 1944.  Read Complete Story


Hydroid Alum & Northeastern Graduate’s Engineering Work Featured on Shark Week

(June 28, 2016) Carl Fiester, E’14, calls his December expe­di­tion to Guadalupe Island “the cra­ziest adven­ture I have ever been on.”

Fiester and his team at the Woods Hole Oceano­graphic Insti­tu­tion spent 10 days tag­ging and tracking great white sharks that pop­u­late the island’s waters off Mexico’s west coast using an autonomous under­water vehicle that the young alumnus helped design. What the team came away with was some intense and eye-​​opening footage of great white shark behavior.  Read Complete Story


Robots Help Scientists Understand Ocean Biodiversity

(February 29, 2016) Mark Moline, of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, spent his childhood summers on the beach. He went diving at an early age, learning firsthand of the riches below the waves. Like a fish on a line, he was hooked to the water. And the experiences pointed him towards the path of becoming a marine biologist. Read Complete Story


Underwater Robot Can Make its Own Snap Decisions

(February 24, 2016) Two marine scientists have shown that autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can be programmed to make independent decisions and trigger new missions in real time based on data coming from multiple sensors. They believe this could reveal much about the life of squid and other marine creatures. Read Complete Story


Office N99 Shows Growing Power of Unmanned Vehicles

(February 3, 2016) If there is any indication of the growing prominence of unmanned vehicles in naval warfare, it is the Navy’s creation of a new, centralized office to oversee development of these robotic craft. Read Complete Story


OI 2016: Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels in the Spotlight

(January 25, 2016) The Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Showcase has long been a feature at Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016), which is taking place at ExCeL London, UK, from 15-17 March 2016. This conference strand, organised with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), has been expanded to cover autonomous surface vessels (ASVs), hence its new name, the Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase (UVVS). It has also been extended into a day-and-a-half-long conference. Like all OI conference sessions it is free to attend.  Read Complete Story


Hydroid to Ramp-Up Production of MK 18 Kingfish Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

(January 19, 2016) Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) experts at Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass., are ramping-up production of the company’s MK 18 Kingfish family of unmanned submersibles under terms of a $8.7 million contract.

Officials of the Naval Surface War- fare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Indian Head, Md., are asking Hydroid to increase quantities for the procurement of additional MK 18 family of system assets. Read Complete Story