UAV’s and other projects related to autonomous vessels

I Marine Surface Vessels

The SeaStar USV system: an unmanned, remote-controlled vessel capable of carrying out a wide range of naval or maritime missions.

ASV – Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd.
Working with military and security customers to develop and produce unmanned vehicles for training, Mine Counter Measures (MCM), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) and hydrographic requirements

Unmanned Systems Solutions

CMR Instrumentation
SailBuoy: unmanned ocean vessel capable of travelling the oceans for extended periods of time

Project called Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV)

ENSTA Bretagne, Ifremer and the Laboratoire de Physique des Océans (LPO)
Developing an autonomous sailing boat (VAIMOS)

Harbor Wing Technologies
Designing the HWT X-3 open ocean Trimaran vessel

INNOC – Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Sciences
Developing the ASV Roboat sailboat

Intrepid Minds Ltd under the UK Government-backed Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
Research project Indagatus UMV to develop and provide an initial prototype to be used for long endurance marine missions

Liquid Robotics
Wave Glider

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
Developing the Protector, an unmanned, autonomous, remotely controlled surface vehicle

Sea Robotics
Developing several unmanned systems

SIS – Spatial Integrated Systems, Inc.
SIS has been the Lead System Integrator for the US Navy Autonomous Maritime Navigation (AMN) Project to advance maritime perception and intelligent autonomy for unmanned vehicles

SolarSailor and Forgacs Defence
Developing wind and solar powered Unmanned Ocean Vessels

Autonomous water and underwater vehicles

Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems
Fleet-class Common Unmanned Surface Vessels (CUSV) to conduct collaborative unmanned mine-hunting and mine-neutralization operations

The Autonomous Systems and Controls Laboratory (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Developing different unmanned vehicles, among others the Autonomous Surface Vehicle

The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
Developing unmanned vehicles

Villanova University – Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vessel Laboratory
Platform for implementation of all research topics related to autonomy and real world applications

US Navy
Trident Warrior 11


II Autonomous (and unmanned) Underwater Vehicles (AUV)

Atlas Elektronik
Developing Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV)

Bluefin Robotics
Developing, building and operating AUVs and related technologies for customers worldwide

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
AUVs for mine hunting

Building different types of autonomous underwater vehicles

ISE Ltd. (International Submarine Engineering)
Developing & Manufacturing Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

MIT Sea Grant’s AUV Lab
Developing advanced unmanned marine robots

OceanServer Technology, Inc.
Iver2 family of vehicles: modern workhorse AUV designed for coastal data collection

AUVs for Mine detection and classification

Stanford university in a joint program with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Project called OTTER (Ocean Technology Testbed for Engineering Research)

Gavia – Autonomous Underwater Vehicles as well as Slocum Glider

The Australian National University
Project regarding unmanned vehicles, called Kambara

The Australian National University
Project regarding unmanned vehicles, called Serafina

The Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute (AUSI), formerly the Marine Systems Engineering Laboratory (MSEL)
Promoting commercial applications of AUVs, platforms and sensors

The Deep Submergence Laboratory’s (DSL)
Developing systems for remote, unmanned exploration to further human understanding of the deep-sea floor

The National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Developing and Maintaining a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles for scientific exploration of the seas and oceans

The University of Washington – Applied Physics Laboratory in collaboration with UW School of Oceanography, distributed by irobot
Developing of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Seaglider

The University of Western Australia
Several Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Projects (Mako and USAL)


III Various

Will the unmanned ship ever come?

Centre for Maritime Technology and Innovation (CMTI)
Feasibility study on the topic of autonomous ships

Offis, BMT Group Ltd., University of Cardiff, Marimatech, Mastermind Shipmanagement Ltd., Raytheon Anschütz GmbH, Symbio Concepts & Products SPRL, Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland
Cascade – Model-based Cooperative and Adaptive Ship-based Context Aware Design

The ADIANS Unmanned Autonomous Systems Committee (Aerospace and Defence Association of Nova Scotia)
The committee is aligning with national activities, forming partnerships with companies abroad, and leveraging specific Nova Scotian technological and geographic advantages in such a way as to create growth opportunities for their companies and for research and commercialisation initiatives

The association for unmanned vehicle systems international foundation (AUVSI)
Organizing the RoboBoat Competition for autonomous surface vehicles

The Microtransat Challenge
Transatlantic race of fully autonomous sailing boats

University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) – Department Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Research project to design sliding mode formation control for autonomous marine vessels