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Radar and autonomy suite tested in recent USN unmanned trials

30th July 2020 - 10:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A joint US-UK collaboration on marine autonomy and radar integration for the USN’s Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) trials has aided the latest series of technological demonstrations carried out for the programme. 

US-based Spatial Integrated Systems (SIS) and the UK’s Cambridge Pixel integrated a suite of systems including the SIS Multi-Agent Robotic Teams autonomy system and Cambridge Pixel’s SPx Tracker and SPx fusion software and radar interfacing hardware. 

The technologies were installed onboard a large surface vessel and several patrol boat-sized vessels, according to a 29 July release from Cambridge Pixel. 

These demonstrations included multiple 300-plus nautical mile autonomous transits, three 1000-plus nautical mile fully autonomous transits and the demonstration of a number of sub-task operational missions. 

The recent demonstration underscored the ‘vast potential of maritime autonomous systems for the US Navy’, according to the release.

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