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 Alan Lytle (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Hires VP for Undersea Systems

; Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Alan Lytle vice president, Undersea Systems business unit, for the company's Electronic Systems sector, the company announced today.   Lytle will have executive responsibility for all Undersea Systems programs and products, including submarine sensors, unmanned maritime systems, and mine-hunting systems and torpedoes. He will be based at the company's facility in Annapolis effective immediately.   Lytle joined the company in 2010 as director, Undersea Systems special defense programs. In 2013, he assumed the role of director, business development

Gallaudet Relieves Brown at Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

of Information Dominance for the Navy,” he said. Guest speaker Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, acknowledged the contributions that naval oceanography makes to naval operations and Information Dominance, including developing tools and techniques for optimizing use of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). “Naval oceanography is integral to nearly everything our Navy does,” he said. Gallaudet most recently served as the deputy oceanographer of the Navy on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in Washington, D.C. He said that it was an honor to lead an organizati

Morgan Gomez (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Hires Gomez as Engineering Technician

has appointed Morgan Gomez as Engineering Technician. He is responsible for hardware integration and software configuration for several customers, including VideoRay, SeaBotix, STIDD and Outland Technology. Gomez earned his Associates of Applied Science Degree, Engineering Technology - Unmanned Aerial Systems from Northwestern Michigan College, and is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. “Morgan was hired as an intern, but after seeing his exceptional work and ability to quickly learn new systems, we knew he had to be a permanent part of our team,” said Jason LaShelle,

Image: CalTech Robotics Team

Thales Sponsors Caltech Engineers in AUV Contest

Thales is supporting the next generation of engineers with its sponsorship of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Robotics team’s entry into the 17th Annual International RoboSub competition. The event, cosponsored by the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation and the Office of Naval Research, aims to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) by challenging new engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. The event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV

File photo: Chris Rochette

EC Pumps €7.5 Mln into the Maritime Sector

;, where students and recent postgraduates team up with experienced tutors from the local business community and the public sector to address maritime and marine issues. This could mean, for example, developing new technologies to eliminate marine litter like microplastics or nanomaterials; building unmanned robotic systems to discover and protect underwater cultural heritage; or finding out how marine micro-organisms can be used to break down hazardous substances. Under the Blue Technology call, the Commission is putting up a total of €2.52 million to encourage public-private partnerships

Ryan Norris (Photo: HII)

HII’s AMSEC Promotes Norris

bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his time at MIT, he completed a two-year fellowship at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory’s Intelligent Unmanned Vehicle Center

Martin Appel (Photo: Martek)

Martek Appoints Appel as UAS Technical Manager

Martek Marine (Martek) has appointed drone specialist Martin Appel as UAS Technical Manager, joining the rapidly expanding number of drone and aviation experts that make up the company’s UAS Division.   The appointment of Appel follows the assignment of highly-acclaimed aviation expert Paul Forster as Head of UAS Operations. Both Appel and Forster joining the team is pivotal to Martek’s strategy, which will help to cement them as leaders in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and achieve the company’s mission to, ‘Change the world using drones.’  

Frank Coles, CEO, Transas  (Photo: Transas)

Transas CEO Coles Speaks on the Future for Seafarers

and safety.   In this new environment, manning and developing the potential of seafarers are as vital as ever. No one knows quite how the job of seafarer is going to evolve as vessels become increasingly sophisticated and more automated. The appearance of remote-controlled, autonomous or even unmanned ships will transform the role of the seafarers immeasurably. But these developments should not be feared. The skill sets needed may be different, but such ships will still require support from competent and ingenious teams of engineers. As such they will give birth to exciting new roles and opportunities

Kraken Announced Executive Appointments

Kraken Sonar Inc. announced it has recruited two industry veterans to further develop its sensors-to-systems strategy.   Joining the company is Dr. Tom Tureaud, who brings 30 years of industry experience with expertise that resulted in 12 patents, and Gina Miller, adding 10 years of unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system engineering and leadership to Kraken’s design team.   “We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to being a leading company in our industry,” said Karl Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kraken. “Our new innovations and

James Hailstones (Photo: ASV)

James Hailstones Joins ASV

Manufacturer of unmanned marine systems ASV announced that James Hailstones has joined its team as the company expands its reach into the offshore energy market.    Based in Aberdeen, Hailstones will lead industry engagement as more firms look to introduce autonomous surface vehicles into their operations.    Hailstones is an electronics engineer with over 30 years experience in the offshore survey industry, operating in the oil and gas, government, communications and renewable sectors. After spending 15 years working in an offshore environment on a global basis, Hailstones

JAMES HAILSTONES

Hailstones to Lead ASV

vehicles have the ability to integrate multiple offshore payloads for a variety of tasks including surveying and monitoring.   The newly established Aberdeen base is in addition to ASV’s existing sales offices in Houston, Texas and Portsmouth, UK.   ASV is a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Marine Systems with specialist expertise and experience in vehicle design, build, operation and maintenance. ASV provides solutions for commercial, defence and scientific applications in the UK and across the globe.  

Photo courtesy of MSRC

MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO, will be retiring on April 30, 2017.   Tim Plummer, Chair of the MSRC Board of Directors, said “We are thankful to Steve for his many years of strong leadership.  During his tenure, he has solidified MSRC as the preeminent spill response organization in the nation, as demonstrated by the critical role MSRC played in the “Deepwater Horizon” response.  He has been an outstanding CEO

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Student Challenge: Control Airship Using Offshore DP Technology

KONGSBERG has introduced a new student project called 'Zeppaloon' which provides students with the opportunity to resolve a complex technological task during the summer months of 2014. The assignment for the 'Zeppaloon' project is to develop a scaled unmanned airship to simulate the dynamic positioning technology that KONGSBERG uses to operate offshore vessels in challenging conditions. The challenge involves developing a prototype with sub systems such as; software, sensors and reference systems, thruster and power management and control algorithms. The prototype must be able to operate in the

Photo courtesy of NOC

Robot School Opens, Addresses Environmental Challenges

in the world. This project is being led by the University of Southampton, and also involves the British Antarctic Survey, Heriot-Watt University, University of East Anglia, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Between all six organizations, this school will teach skills in a range of unmanned systems - which can monitor everything from erupting volcanoes to algal blooms in the ocean. Kevin Forshaw, Director of Enterprise and Impact at the NOC, said: “By teaching students the knowledge and skills the marine autonomy sector urgently needs, this training centre is part of the

Chris Sotzing (Photo: Sea Machines Robotics)

Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director

be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team. He reports to COO Jim Daly from the Boston office.   Sotzing joins Sea Machines from SeeByte, where he served as an engineering manager supporting unmanned vehicle technologies in Boston. Prior to relocating to Boston, Sotzing held positions of increasing responsibility for nearly nine years at SeeByte in Edinburgh, Scotland, most recently serving as project manager for the Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV) project, which had commercial application

Ioseba Tena (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Appoints Tena as Global Business Manager

the last ten years, the industry’s witnessed how Sonardyne has expanded its product portfolio far beyond acoustic positioning to include inertial navigation, Doppler and high speed optical communications. With everything now available from one source, it’s no surprise that manufacturers of unmanned platforms are looking to integrate these solutions at the factory, and in doing so, engineer greater value and efficiency into their robotic systems. I’m really excited to have been given the opportunity to help drive forward Sonardyne’s offering for this rapidly evolving cross-market

The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) is shown during sea trials.  (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries/Released)

General Dynamics: $17.6B Contract for Submarines

construction. Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land-attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles.   

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