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Battelle, Bluefin Robotics and MIT to Demo Marine Robotic Technologies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sailing Pavilion Event

Posted on Jul 22, 2015

Bluefin SandShark™ to join autonomous sailboat, and unmanned surface vehicles on Charles River

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 22, 2015)—A portion of the Charles River will temporarily be transformed into a marine autonomy test range on Thursday, July 23 so students can join industry experts to test newly developed autonomous software on a variety of unmanned marine vehicles, including four different unmanned surface vehicles, the Bluefin-developed HAUV (Hovering Autonomous Vehicle), based on technology licensed from MIT, and the new Bluefin SandShark™ unmanned underwater vehicle.

This demonstration aspect is part of MOOS-DAWG ’15, a working group meeting organized by MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Ocean Engineering for MOOS and IvP autonomy software developers and practitioners now in its fourth year. Each year, the meeting brings together experts and students for presentations on new technologies and includes demonstrations at the Marine Autonomy Bay sponsored by Battelle.

Bluefin Robotics, founded by MIT engineers in 1997 and now a wholly owned subsidiary of Battelle, has a long history of collaborating with MIT in autonomous underwater vehicle development. Through charitable donations and funding of post-doc students at MIT, Battelle supports the advancement of marine robotic technologies through education.

The Marine Autonomy Bay, funded in part by Battelle, houses marine vehicles and support equipment allowing for greater access to the river for student experiments and research experimentation.

“We recognize that there is high value in frequent, low cost experimentation with multiple platforms,” said Rear Admiral Fred Byus, USN (Ret.) who leads Battelle’s marine technology business. “By investing in these areas at MIT, we hope to help accelerate the pace of the build-test-learn cycle.”

Bluefin’s new SandShark Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), an example of a tool to support rapid technology development, will be part of Thursday’s demonstration. SandShark is built on open source software and allows end users to modify or replace all aspects of the vehicle’s software stack. Its modular body components and quick-connect fins make it fast and easy to modify, while its large payload bay makes it an ideal test platform for small subsea sensors and autonomy scenarios.

About Bluefin Robotics

Bluefin Robotics designs, manufactures and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems and related technology including battery power systems and advanced software, through its subsidiary Seebyte. Bluefin is a leader in AUV products designed for defense, commercial and scientific applications.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

About SeeByte

An affiliate of Battelle, SeeByte provides advanced software solutions to enhance the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems.

Together, the synergy of these three entities enables rapid development and deployment of undersea technology solutions for government and industry needs in the areas of systems integration, platform and energy systems, and autonomous systems.

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