Uncrewed Systems Technology 044 l Xer Technolgies X12 and X8 l Lidar sensors l Stan UGV l USVs insight l AUVSI Xponential 2022 l Cobra Aero A99H l Accession Class USV l Connectors I Oceanology International 2022

the system level of integrity. “For BVLOS USV missions to become a commercial norm, integrity and trust are critical factors that must be satisfied to achieve adoption and regulatory approval. At HydroSurv, our aim is to keep our engineering decisions one step ahead of incoming regulation and technical standards.” Such are the reliability, long endurance and high-energy capabilities of the REAV- 60 that it is also being used as the USV platform for the Arowind (Autonomous Remote Offshore Wind Inspection, Navigation and Deployment) Project. This is a $6.7 million study led by Voyis Imaging in collaboration between HydroSurv and Deep Trekker (with other companies also supplying components), that is co-funded and overseen by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to show how USVs, ROVs and special data-gathering payloads can be used to inspect ocean wind farms safely and cost-effectively. With autonomous vehicles being deployed from both remote and resident launch points (relative to the wind farms’ locations) as part of the project, Arowind is expected to create 55 new direct jobs and an estimated 275 indirect jobs around the operations of the marine uncrewed systems. Summary There are numerous hydrography and water quality inspection platforms that look distinctly different from one another. The differences in configuration and componentry point to the industry’s maturity and the quality of naval architects being employed during their design. They also raise the question of where the industry will go next. Looking beyond oceanology, to the burgeoning worlds of uncrewed logistics and autonomous passenger transport by sea, there are plans for USVs shaped much like conventional cargo ships and crewed water taxis. But the wider autonomous world also has unconventional and intriguing design choices. Some were once considered lost to history, such as the tail-sitter aircraft. Once dismissed as a conceptual blunder, the UAV market is now rich with demand for tail-sitters such as the V-Bat and Valaq (see UST 14, June/July 2017, and UST 32, June/July 2020, respectively). Others take biological inspiration, such as the four- legged ANYmal UGV ( UST 40, October/ November 2021) and many others. Certainly, something akin to ocean logistics USVs being built like Viking longships, or reconnaissance USVs shaped like alligators, might seem far- fetched. But given the market’s need for high efficiency and survivability on rivers, lakes and oceans, USV engineers may well be the next group of designers to draw on the many inspirations available to them from across history, zoology and beyond. Accelerate Your Radar Integration Reduce your time-to-market with our field-proven radar technologies Cambridge Pixel’s technologies can be used for a range of uncrewed surface vessel projects, accelerating your in-house R&D and therefore cutting time to deployment. We build sensor-agnostic solutions and provide full engineering support. enquiries@cambridgepixel.com +44 1763 852749 cambridgepixel.com Interfacing to 50+ maritime and specialist radars Protection against GPS signal loss Camera video distribution & control Target tracking Application frameworks Image: Reproduced with permission from BAE Systems Plc. Mission data recording and replay Track correlation from multiple sources Remote monitoring applications Inspection tools including radar, AIS & GPS Simulation and training ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Scan to view our USV Development Toolkit