Nauticus Passes First Phase of Defense Innovation Unit Amphibious Autonomous Response Vehicle Project

The company said this milestone will help it better serve the U.S. and its defense efforts.


Nauticus has been working with the U.S. government to develop new technologies for its autonomous systems.
Naticus develops robots used underwater, and its successful milestone with the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit bolsters its relationship with the government entity.

Nauticus Robotics, Inc., a developer of autonomous robots using artificial intelligence for data collection and intervention services for the ocean economies, yesterday announced it has successfully completed the competitive first phase of its Amphibious Autonomous Response Vehicle with the Defense Innovation Unit, or DIU. 

Nauticus' robotic systems and services are sold to commercial and government-facing customers through a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model. Nauticus added its approach to ocean robotics has resulted in the development of a range of technology products for retrofitting/upgrading legacy systems and other third-party vehicle platforms.

The Webster, Texas-based company said it provides customers with the necessary data collection, analytics, and subsea manipulation capabilities to support and maintain assets while reducing their operational footprint, operating cost, and greenhouse gas emissions to improve offshore health, safety, and environmental exposure.

Contract helps the company better support U.S. Marines

Within this multi-million dollar contract award, previously announced in October 2022, DIU, in partnership with Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) and the Office of the Deputy DoD CTO for Mission Capabilities, commissioned Nauticus to adapt the company’s inventory of commercialized technologies and to quickly develop a new autonomous mine countermeasure robot for use in surf zones and beach areas to support the U.S. Marine Corps during amphibious operations.

Nauticus' implementation includes a robot capable of not only swimming, but also crawling out of the surf and onto the beach.

The solution uses the company’s autonomous command and control software platform, toolKITT. It also combines several technologies such as machine vision, autonomous mission planning, and acoustic data networking onto an amphibious robotic vehicle hull that can collect intelligence and identify potential hazards.

ToolKITT, which also serves as the foundation of Nauticus’ flagship robot Aquanaut, was specifically designed to enable autonomous actions, agnostic to the robotic platform, the company said. 

“The Defense Innovation Unit has been a fantastic partner. They leverage our mature catalog of technologies we’ve developed from our outside investments and apply those to pressing problems facing the Services,” said Nicolaus Radford, founder and CEO of Nauticus. “We believe this partnership will be instrumental in not only furthering the U.S. Marine Corps’ integration of cutting-edge robotics capabilities, but ultimately helping to keep servicemembers out of harm’s way.”   

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Nauticus has been working with the U.S. government to develop new technologies for its autonomous systems.

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