Nauticus Robotics Inc. today announced the commencement of commissioning exercises for the first of three “Mark 2” or second-generation Aquanauts. The Houston-based company said it expects to send the initial Aquanaut MK2 units to the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in the coming months to support customer initiatives in those regions.
“The delivery of our initial second-generation Aquanauts is a significant milestone that accelerates our mission to disrupt the offshore ocean services industry while setting a benchmark for next-generation subsea technology that will fundamentally revolutionize how the industry operates,” said Nicolaus Radford, founder and CEO of Nauticus.
Aquanaut MK2 transforms between modes
The Aquanaut MK2 is a fully electric, untethered, and autonomous subsea robot that is controlled through acoustic communication networking and underpinned by Nauticus’ toolKITT proprietary software suite. The company said its artificial intelligence-based suite allows for robotic controls, user interfaces, sensor integration, simulation, data analysis, and communication frameworks designed to enable subsea work.
The underwater robot can operate in two separate modes, actively transforming between excursion and intervention configurations. Excursion mode involves the usage of data collection and perception sensors.
Intervention mode uses two of Nauticus’ Olympic Arms—electric work-class manipulators—to precisely interact with subsea infrastructure and objects to complete complex, underwater tasks, said Nauticus.
“Our autonomous ocean robots and proprietary AI software provide a compelling solution to the marine industry, validated on a recurring basis with the continued interest and robust growth of our commercial pipeline,” Radford said. “This splashdown allows us to remain on track to deliver two additional Aquanauts by mid-year, which are already committed to fulfill customer demands, as we continue to execute on our commercial pipeline and expand the breadth of our world-class portfolio,” Radford said.
Aquanaut includes remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) modes. Click on image to enlarge. Source: Nauticus Robotics, via the SEC
About Nauticus Robotics
Nauticus Robotics has developed autonomous robots using AI for inspection and intervention services for the ocean industries. It delivers systems and services to commercial and government-facing customers through a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) business model and direct product sales for both hardware platforms and software licenses.
The company said it provides customers with the necessary data collection, analytics, and subsea manipulation capabilities to support and maintain assets. It added that its technologies can help them reduce their operational footprint, operating cost, and greenhouse gas emissions to improve offshore health, safety, and environmental exposure.
Besides its standalone service offering and products, Nauticus has also developed products for retrofitting or upgrading legacy systems and other third-party vehicles.
“Our autonomous ocean robots and proprietary AI software provide a compelling solution to the marine industry, validated on a recurring basis with the continued interest and robust growth of our commercial pipeline,” added Radford.
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