Canada’s DRDC selects SeeByte for SeaRobotics unmanned surface vehicles

4 September 2014 (Last Updated September 4th, 2014 18:30)

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has awarded a contract to SeeByte for the integration of its SeeTrack Neptune software onto the agency's SeaRobotics family of general purpose unmanned surface vehicles (USVs).

DRDC's USV

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) has awarded a contract to SeeByte for the integration of its SeeTrack Neptune software onto the agency's SeaRobotics family of general purpose unmanned surface vehicles (USVs).

With its payload control architecture and real time autonomy engine, SeeByte's software will assist unmanned systems in planning and implementing renowned behaviour patterns that speed up and optimise single vehicle and multi-vehicle operations.

According to the company, SeeTrack Neptune decides what to do based on theoperator's plan.

Under the contract, the software will be integrated into the DRDC's four-metre general purpose SeaRobotics USV-2600, enabling it to act as a relay to an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) crew.

"The SeeTrack Neptune software will be integrated into the DRDC's four-metre general purpose SeaRobotics USV-2600."

The integration marks a vital move required in a bid to execute over-the-horizon UUV operations.

This software can also be run by integrating it with SeeTrack Military, which has been assisting worldwide explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and Clearance Divers in managing their off-board assets, through dangerous and demanding operations.

The DRDC's highly manoeuvrable SeaRobotics USV-2600 is equipped with high efficiency hulls and can be deployed for a range of applications.


Image: DRDC's SeaRobotics USV-2600 at sea. Photo: courtesy of SeeByte Ltd.

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