Navies and shipping companies around the world are seeking to make many of their sea vessels and helicopters unmanned or optionally manned in order to reduce the threat to human life during operations, to reduce costs, and to enable new concepts such as autonomous replenishment at sea or amphibious resupply.
We partnered with another company to develop an autonomous navigation and planning solution for autonomous shipping. We also developed Dragonfly, a technology that allows unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to land on moving platforms (for example at sea).
Trials for the autonomous shipping system proved this technology for up to 80 hours at 40 knots, maintaining COLREGS (collision regulations) compliance at all times. In addition, as an entirely passive visual system, Dragonfly will be able to operate in contested electromagnetic environments and under conditions of strict emissions control where conventional differential GPS and RF beacon approaches fail.
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