Media Coverage

Aquatic Robot Braves Volcanoes and Typhoons to Detect Tsunamis

Scientific American, January 30, 2017

A drone will circle the world’s newest volcanic island, near Japan, to warn of devastating waves. The newest and most dangerous island in the world is about to get a robotic sentinel. Since bursting to life 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo in 2013, a massive marine volcano called Nishinoshima has erupted dozens of times, spewing red-hot lava that engulfed a neighboring island. As the volcano has grown, so has the risk it represents to 2,500 people living on the nearby Japanese archipelago of Ogasawara. Should Nishinoshima’s rocky slopes collapse during an eruption, they could trigger a deadly tsunami that would reach the Ogasawara islands within 20 minutes.

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Whale sharks’ secrets revealed by live-tracking aquatic drones

New Scientist, January 23, 2017

Wave-powered drones are being used to provide live tracking of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, for the first time.

Researchers at the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center (WSORC) on the island of Utila, Honduras, have just finished a year-long project using autonomous “Wave Glider” drones to patrol for whale sharks and report back on their movements. The team was able to follow along in real-time as the drones relayed the depth and minute-by-minute position of individual sharks.

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Boeing Developing Air-Drop Capability for SHARC Unmanned Surface Vehicle

SEAPOWER Magazine, January 19, 2017

Boeing is developing a kit to air-drop its SHARC (Sensor-Hosting Remote Autonomous Craft) wave glider by parachute into a deployment zone for surveillance.

The SHARC — developed by Liquid Robotics, which Boeing recently acquired — is a wave-gliding unmanned surface vehicle. It consists of a surface float that houses the solar cells and mission electronic and communications equipment. Tethered below the float is a sub that propels the vehicle using wave energy.

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Boeing to Acquire Ocean Drone Maker Liquid Robotics

Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2016

Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for up to a year using wave and solar power.

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Boeing Buys Liquid Robotics to Boost Autonomous Surveillance at Sea

GeekWire, December 6, 2016

The Boeing Co. says it has agreed to acquire Liquid Robotics, its teammate in a years-long effort to create surfboard-sized robots that can use wave power to roam the seas. The acquisition is expected to help Boeing create military communication networks that can transmit information autonomously from the sea to satellites via Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft, or SHARCs.

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Congress Must Champion New Ocean Technologies

The Hill - Congress Blog, November 9, 2016

As much of our country finds itself captivated by the prospects of manned missions to Mars, our inner-space – the oceans – have been sadly given ‘second fiddle’ status.

The new 115th Congress in January should begin to put these two parts of our future in a more common sense sequence; our oceans first!

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A Game for Drones – Lessons from Unmanned Warrior

Royal Aeronautical Society, October 25, 2016

As the Royal Navy’s big exercise for unmanned systems Unmanned Warrior closes, TIM ROBINSON reviews what might be the lessons for future autonomous operations from this technology demonstration. Billed as the biggest ever military exercise involving unmanned systems, the UK’s Unmanned Warrior 16 took place in two weeks in October off the West Coast of Scotland.

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Boeing to Test High Levels of Unmanned Autonomy

FlightGlobal, October 24, 2016

Boeing is planning to demonstrate the autonomous capabilities of a number of its unmanned systems during maritime surveillance operations. Systems under consideration may include the RQ-21A Blackjack or ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles made by its Insitu subsidiary, the Camcopter rotary UAV that it markets in the UK and USA on behalf of manufacturer Schiebel, plus the Liquid Robotics SHARC unmanned surface vehicle.

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SHARC Encounter at Unmanned Warrior

Defence Online, October 16, 2016

Boeing Liquid Robotics SHARC or Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft is a solar and ocean powered wave glider, it is being demonstrated with over 50 other robotic craft off the Scottish coast in Unmanned Warrior 2016, the world’s first large-scale maritime exercise of its kind.

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“Father of Java” James Gosling Explains Why He’s Putting the IoT Into the World’s Oceans

The Inquirer, October 14, 2016

Gosling explained why his latest project is getting a data centre rack to function in the middle of the ocean during a hurricane. “My current gig is about building systems and solving problems in an extreme fashion,” said Gosling at the IPExpo conference in London recently. Earlier in his talk he criticised cloud vendors for attempting to lock in customers.

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Boeing has Eyes in the Sky and SHARCs in the Water at Unmanned Warrior

Global Military Communications, October 12, 2016

Boeing is participating in the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior event – the largest demonstration of its kind – with the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) with subsidiary Insitu; the CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS with partner Schiebel; and the Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) with partner Liquid Robotics.

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UV Provides On-Demand Marine Water Sampling

Engineering 360, October 6, 2016

California-based Liquid Robotics has partnered with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), UK, to deploy, test and recover a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which allows scientists to measure water characteristics and selectively collect samples in near real time.

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Remotely Piloted Wave Glider Successfully Collects Ocean Samples in North Sea

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, September 28, 2016

The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and American company Liquid Robotics, successfully deployed, tested and recovered a remotely piloted Wave Glider called “Lyra” in the southern North Sea about 60km off Lincolnshire’s coast. The device spent 48 days at sea before being recovered 20 miles off Lowestoft. The remotely piloted robot propelled by wave and solar power has been used by scientists for the first time to measure water characteristics and collect samples in near real-time.

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Flightradar24 Gears Up for a New Wave of Flight Tracking

Runway Girl Network, September 21, 2016

FlightRadar24, the live flight tracker service that news outlets rely upon when an aircraft goes off radar, has begun experimenting with some rather unconventional methods to receive existing ADS-B signals. With a network of over 10,000 terrestrial ADS-B receivers, Flightradar24 has gone to sea and space to expand its coverage area. An autonomous seafaring robot called a Wave Glider has reached its target location southeast of the small volcanic island named Jan Mayen. Meanwhile, 290 kilometers above, a nano-satellite named GOMX-3 circles the planet at 27,440 kilometers per hour. Both will aid Flightradar24 in realizing its goal of near-global ADS-B tracking of aircraft.

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Northrop Grumman conducts advanced unmanned systems teaming

IHS Jane's 360, September 5, 2016

Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a new autonomy framework that enables multiple unrelated unmanned systems to communicate and collaborate on a mission. During the three-day demonstration held in August, Northrop Grumman’s autonomy framework connected a Kongsberg REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), two Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider unmanned surface vehicles (USV), and a manned helicopter representing a Northrop Grumman Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV).

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U.S. Navy Technology Exercise Demonstrates New Maritime Domain Awareness Capabilities

Seapower Magazine, August 25, 2016

Northrop Grumman Corp. demonstrated new cross domain approaches for autonomous undersea, surface and air vehicles to advance the Anti-Submarine Warfare mission during this year’s Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, the company said in an Aug. 25 release.

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Autonomous Robot Completes North Sea Surface Measurement Task

Subsea World News, August 24, 2016

A team of scientists and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Newcastle University (NU) have developed a novel technique to measure sea surface height directly using global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology in combination with a marine surface autonomous vehicle (SAV) called a GNSS-Wave Glider.

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Say hello to underwater drones: The Pentagon is looking to extend its robot fighting forces

Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2016

Underwater drones face different challenges than their aerial counterparts. For one, communication is more difficult, making it hard for an autonomous vehicle to report information it might pick up underwater. That hurdle is being worked on by Liquid Robotics, a Sunnyvale firm that makes the Wave Glider. The unmanned vehicle floats on the surface and uses wave and solar power to propel itself and its sensors for up to a year.

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