The Technical Solutions division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today announced the successful integration of its advanced autonomy solutions with the SM300 autonomy product from Sea Machines Robotics. The integration of these autonomous capabilities supports the planning of complex missions and collaboration between unmanned systems.
The demonstration, which took place late last year in the Chesapeake Bay off Virginia Beach, involved overlaying the collaborative autonomy and mission planning behaviors of HII with the Sea Machines SM300 system on a unmanned surface vessel (USV).
“This represents an important milestone in our continued development of self-reliance,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems business group. “The integration has been seamless and illustrates the immense potential of our open architecture autonomy to work collaboratively with other autonomous systems. “
The Sea Machines SM300 system can be installed on vessels capable of navigating the ocean to enable remotely controlled USV operations or can work alongside an onboard crew to increase capacity, accuracy and endurance. ‘a ship on mission. During the demonstration, HII autonomy handled mission delegation and enabled collaborative autonomy with other unmanned systems while providing information from the SM300 system to manage the course and speed of the USV.
“Sea Machines products are developed to integrate easily with the wide range of vessel types. Our objective is to integrate perfectly into the command and control stack of a ship which, in certain cases, will include information and control systems of other autonomy systems superior or inferior to our technology ”, said Michael G. Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines. “We are encouraged by the rapid progress demonstrated by the HII team as they integrate their technology into our product to elevate the capabilities of their customers. “
HII’s open architecture and autonomy modularity make it a flexible and scalable option for customers looking to enhance their current autonomy platform with additional advanced capabilities. The collaborative autonomy of HII allows the delegation of complex missions to several unmanned assets who all share situational awareness. Together, HII and Sea Machines will offer different levels of autonomy complexity for different operations.
In July 2020, HII announced a minority equity investment in Boston-based Sea Machines as part of its expansion into unmanned systems. This investment complemented other company investments in autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cyber, C5ISR, and advanced modeling and simulation to support a more integrated and connected force. In May 2021, the SM300 was integrated on an HII test platform. Since then, HII has developed and refined its own autonomy solutions, including collaborative autonomy, advanced health monitoring and sensor fusion and perception, which have been deployed on 23 types of vessels for more than 6,000 time.