Developer, user, operator? We’ll extend the reach of your marine robotic operations
Whether on the surface, under the water, alone or in collaborative fleets, we’re working worldwide with the leading developers and operators of marine robotics to extend the capabilities of their platforms across energy, defence and science.
Safer, greener, further
Surface and underwater robotic platforms open the door to new possibilities in every maritime sector, from searching out UXOs in offshore renewables to covertly monitoring the underwater battlespace.
They enable operations in waters that are difficult or impossible to reach with crewed platforms, but more than that, they deliver cost savings, safety benefits to personnel and positively contribute to carbon emission reductions in the global effort to achieve net zero. Using unmanned, remotely operated and autonomous marine robots for real-world commercial, scientific and naval missions, is now routine, a mainstream activity that’s growing exponentially.
Add Sonardyne, add capability
We deliver tracking, navigation, command, control and communication technologies for marine robotic systems of all types, shapes and sizes. Payloads that add extend operational capability, can be adapted to meet any mission, and come with the backing of factory integration, a global support network and unrivalled access to technologies from our sister companies.
Applications for robust and reliable robotic operations with Sonardyne payloads.
Design, integrate, engineer
From Micro to XLUUV
Marine robotic systems are becoming more useful, more reliable and more capable. However, one size doesn’t ﬁt all and that’s why our subsea technologies have been designed to be compatible with vehicles of all sizes and capabilities; from micro AUVs to extra-large AUVs, from inspection-class ROVs to large uncrewed ships, and everything in between.
Size, Weight and Power (SWaP)
Robotic systems are increasingly being deployed on long duration missions, over the horizon. The smaller, lighter and more energy efficient the payload sensors these systems carry , the further a vehicle can travel, the more equipment it can carry, and the more complex missions it can carry out. As a prime integrator of payloads, we focus on engineering SWaP-optmised instruments, with multiple functions combined in one unit. So you can do more, with less complexity, and less risk.
Understanding the operating environment
Whether operating on the surface or down at 4,000 m, ocean robots must overcome extreme operating environments. We understand this challenge. Our instruments withstand the pressures of the deepest oceans. Our digital wideband communication signals can penetrate hostile acoustic environments to transfer data reliably and securely. And where oﬀ-the-shelf solutions aren’t quite right, we can design, test and manufacture tailor-made solutions.
Marine Robotics case studies
Surveying the Titanic with Ranger 2 and AvTrak 6
Read if you’re interested in deep water ocean science missions which require long-range tracking of human occupied submersibles and secure, two-way wireless communications between the surface and vehicle crew.
Client: OceanGate Inc.
Dude, where’s my ocean robot?
Read if you’re interested in navigation in challenging maritime and underwater environments and how our hybrid navigator for underwater, and uncrewed vehicles, SPRINT-Nav X, can support USV operations in littoral zones.
Client: DASA and Dstl
Improved MCM operations using multi-aperture sonar
Read if you’re interested in MCM operations and how Equinox solution has emerged from the shadows to help navies improve their percentage clearances.
Micro. For when good is good enough
Micro-Ranger 2 is our smallest ever Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system, designed for first-time users to unpack, install and start tracking. It’s providing an easy to deploy yet important tool for monitoring coastal habitats in Australia, as Fathom Pacific’s Director and Principal Consultant Dr Adrian Flynn sets out for us.
Client: Fathom Pacific
Long ROV excursions, high elevation tracking, noisy waters – not a problem
ROV pipeline inspections in shallow water – with long excursions and high elevation tracking requirements – can pose major challenges for even the best USBL systems. With SPRINT-Nav in the mix, it’s no longer an issue. Tavis Letherby, Survey/ROV Manager at CCC (Underwater Engineering), explains.
Extending the limits of autonomous systems
Improving the endurance and navigational precision of underwater autonomous systems, while also reducing costs, could provide disruptive capability in the subsea monitoring and inspection space. Geraint West, Ocean Science Head of Market, explore the challenges and solutions.
Client: National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and L3Harris ASV
GPS-Acoustics unlock a new approach to seabed geodetics
Guest authors, Liquid Robotics, take a closer look at seafloor geodesy, an emerging scientiﬁc ﬁeld that is making the real-time study of continental plate tectonics a cost-effective and viable option.
Guest Author: Liquid Robotics
How to optimise carbon storage monitoring with marine robotics
Climate change is driving a ramping up of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects globally, as countries work to reduce their emissions. There’s also more focus on how to make sure the stuff stays stored in the ground. Read on to hear about our involvement.
Partners: Fugro, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), British Geological Survey (BGS) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Using a hammer to crack a nut? Try using a USV instead
USVs are no longer a niche tool used within defence, they’re now regularly patrolling our oceans, gathering hydrographic and oceanographic data. Is it time that they were also used to support smarter, cleaner and more cost-effective offshore construction operations? Ed Moller, Head of Energy, thinks so.
Our top systems for Marine Robotics
Enabling manufacturers, owners and operators to achieve more with robots
Whether you are operating an over-the-horizon combined USV and UUV mission to inspect subsea infrastructure, a swarm of robots mapping areas for mine-like objects or a fleet of gliders gathering data to inform global models on climate change, we provide the equipment to track, command and control your marine robotics. Having Sonardyne inside will improve your data results and deliver the operational endurance you need.
Our company is 300 people strong in six regional locations, a company that puts everything it has into designing, building, testing, installing and supporting ground-breaking products for your marine robotic systems. A business that takes ownership, does the right thing and consistently delivers on the promises we make.