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Hydroid's 'Sea Launcher' Seeks to Link Underwater and Surface Autonomous Worlds

(July 20, 2018) 'Sea Launcher' is a LARS compact and mobile enough to be fitted to smaller surface ships (those with a 2 m freeboard or less). Read Complete Story

New Details on Discovery of San Jose Shipwreck

(May 21, 2018) “The REMUS 6000 was the ideal tool for the job, since it’s capable of conducting long-duration missions over wide areas,” said WHOI engineer and expedition leader Mike Purcell. Read Complete Story

HMAS Creswell hosts international military dive exercise

(May 15, 2018) The exercise focuses on a wide array of activities including the deployment of mine countermeasures divers, autonomous underwater vehicles, live demolitions and mine exploitation activities. Read Complete Story

Mine warfare navy clearance dive teams from across the world unite in Australian waters

(May 14, 2018) Sea drones, also known as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), work in a similar way to regular drones — however they use sonar beams instead of a camera. They are able to detect sea mines without divers needing to be deployed until it is time to disarm them. They are one of the key new technologies being trialled at the symposium, with New Zealand leading the way as master operators. Read Complete Story

OIP and Hydroid partner to compete for Belgian MCM Toolbox programme

(April 11, 2018) Additionally, the package is slated to include Hydroid’s new and widely deployed remote environmental monitoring units (REMUS), as well as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and the company’s autonomous deployment and retrieval system (DRS). Read Complete Story

New undersea drones are smaller, cheaper and can be refueled deep under water

(April 10, 2018) Hydroid’s Remus M3V is substantially smaller than previous models. With a compact, A-size (36-inch long, 4.875-inch diameter) envelope and no fins or appendages, the vehicle can achieve speeds of more than 10 knots and dive up to 300 meters. It can be used in search and survey; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); and multivehicle missions. Read Complete Story

OIP, Hydroid partner for Toolbox programme

(April 9, 2018) Together, the team will offer an MCM package that includes the Seagull multi-mission USV; an effective acoustic underwater communication technology; advanced electro optic systems; and Hydroid's REMUS AUV and its autonomous deployment and retrieval system. Read Complete Story

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

(March 14, 2018) Marine robotics manufacturer Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced the release of the new REMUS M3V compact, one-man portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Read Complete Story

World War II carrier “Lady Lex” found 2 miles under sea by Allen expedition

(March 6, 2018) The Petrel located the Lexington's wreck with a Hydroid REMUS 6000 drone submersible, an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped for searching large areas of seabed and rated for operations at 6,000 meters (3.7 miles). With its side-scan sonar, the REMUS 6000 is capable of mapping over 100 square kilometers per deployment. Read Complete Story

Wreck of Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington Located in Coral Sea After 76 Years

(March 5, 2018) Wreckage from the USS Lexington was discovered by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel on March 4. The Lexington was found 3,000 meters (about two miles) below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. Read Complete Story

Exploring the Restless Floor of Yellowstone Lake

(December 5, 2017) R/V Annie II also supported the bathymetric and side-scan sonar mapping missions conducted by a type of autonomous underwater vehicle called Remote Environmental Monitoring Units (REMUS) that generated maps of the vent fields southeast of Stevenson Island with a horizontal resolution of about 10 centimeters. Read Complete Story

Undersea robot reveals 'schools' of animals in deep scattering layers

(December 1, 2017) By programming the AUV to swim above and through several sound-scattering layers, the team collected sonar data that allowed Benoit-Bird to identify individual animals within these layers, and to track predators that dove into the layers to hunt. Read Complete Story

Navy Creating Continual Improvement Program for UUVs through OPNAV, Fleet, NAVSEA

(November 16, 2017) The Navy is standing up a continual improvement process for its family of unmanned underwater vehicles, in the hopes of bringing better sensors, endurance and more to the newly expanded portfolio of UUV’s that fall under the undersea warfare division. Read Complete Story

Mine Countermeasures Evolving Towards Mix-And-Match Capabilities, Personnel

(October 25, 2017) “We’ve taken our ExMCM company with their Mk 18 family of (unmanned underwater vehicle) systems, we’ve put them aboard cruisers and destroyers and had them do extensive rehearsals of the actual operations – and in some cases, in exercises and operations we’ve actually used those platforms,” Capt. Michael Egan, Commander of Task Force 52 within U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Read Complete Story

Hydroid demonstrates underwater launch of Aerovironment’s Blackwing UAV

(September 26, 2017) Hydroid, Inc. teamed with L3 Aerospace Systems, Sparton Corporation and AeroVironment, Inc. to successfully demonstrate the latest unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities, including the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at ANTX in Newport, RI. Read Complete Story

The AUV That Helped Find USS Indianapolis

(August 31, 2017) Aiding Allen’s team in the discovery was a 6,000-meter-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the REMUS 6000, manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid Inc., which gathered the sonar data that helped locate the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after it was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese Navy near the end of World War II. Read Complete Story

Hydroid's REMUS 6000 Plays Key Role in the Discovery of the USS Indianapolis Wreckage

(August 30, 2017) Led by Paul Allen's team, the 6000 meter-rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was used to gather the sonar data that helped locate the USS Indianapolis wreckage 5,500 meters below the ocean's surface. Read Complete Story

Microsoft co-founder's remote vehicles find a legendary WWII ship

(August 20, 2017) The Petrel relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (the Hydroid Remus 6000) that could dive roughly 18,000 feet below the water and hunt about 600 square miles using sonar and bathymetry. Read Complete Story

Navy asks Hydroid to upgrade MK 18 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in $27.3 million contract

(August 2, 2017) Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Indian Head, Md., are asking Hydroid for additional engineering to develop, test, and install pre-planned product improvements for the MK 18 family of unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems. Read Complete Story

Special Ops Community Eyeing New Drone Technology

(June 14, 2017) The Navy already has a program of record called Mk 18 Mod 1, a Swordfish UUV based on the REMUS 100, a Kongsberg Maritime product. The service intends to use the Swordfish for mine countermeasure missions. SOCOM has an opportunity to leverage that technology. Read Complete Story

(May 8, 2017) Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announces that it successfully completed negotiations with CoMotion®, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market, and continue development of two new underwater glider systems. Read Complete Story

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