Demonstration of the autonomous vessel built by HHI
U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries conducted demonstration tests for its new unmanned surface vessel. Autonomous and unmanned applications are drawing broad attention both from navies around the world but also for their potential in a range of commercial operations.
The tests and demonstrations were conducted on a 27-foot vessel the Proteus USV. The vessel was outfitted with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy system. The demonstration voyages were completed a week ago off the coast of Panama City, Florida. The SM300 system is designed for ocean-capable vessels to enable scalable autonomy, from remotely controlled to fully autonomous vessel operations.
“The vessel performed exactly as expected with the SM300 system’s proven and safe autonomous capability,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of the Unmanned Systems business group in HII’s Technical Solutions division. “This marks a significant milestone in our commitment to advancing our unmanned systems capabilities and our continued partnership with Sea Machines to further develop USV solutions for our customers.”
“Our autonomy systems are built around core principles of capability, reliability, and ease of use,” Sea Machines CEO Michael G. Johnson said. “This initial Proteus USV demonstration proved the SM300 system performs as promised, and we look forward to our continued partnership with HII.”
Source: Maritime Executive (Click for further of the article)