Nauticus Robotics Inc. has announced the initial production run of Nauticus Fleet, a robotic navy of 20 Hydronaut-Aquanaut pairs.
These tandem pairs will be deployed in multiple offshore industries serving applications ranging from subsea maintenance and intervention to data collection activities.
The first sets of robots will be delivered in Q4 2022, with the remainder being fulfilled by the end of 2024.
Nauticus is currently planning regional operations within the Gulf of Mexico, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. These regional bases will provide local subject matter expertise and logistics to maintain the highest quality of services. Eventually, Nauticus plans to have operational bases around the world, strategically located and equipped with local remote operation centers and service teams.
“Nauticus Fleet represents the most promising operational and technological step changes in this industry,” said Nicolaus Radford, CEO of Nauticus. “We are on a mission to create a future where more autonomous and intelligent robots are used to significantly reduce environmental impact and human exposure to hazards, while at the same time improving the bottom line for our clients.”
The surface aspect of the fleet is Hydronaut, an 18-meter optionally crewed Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) that supports the launch, recovery and real-time operations of Aquanaut, its undersea robotic counterpart.
Hydronaut ferries Aquanaut to and from the worksite and supports battery recharges and the communications link from the local remote operations center for supervised autonomous operations. Additional technical and operational support can be provided from Nauticus’ Houston-based global remote operations center.
Aquanaut is a fully electric, free-swimming subsea robot, controlled through acoustic communication networking and can perform a wide range of data collection, inspection, and manipulation tasks.
Aquanaut’s defining capability is operating in two separate modes: actively transforming itself between the excursion and intervention configurations. Excursion mode involves the usage of data collection and perception sensors during transit, while intervention mode uses two electric work-class manipulators (Nauticus’ Olympic Arms) to perform work in the subsea environment.
Nauticus Fleet uses 21st century ocean robotic technologies to combat climate change and the global impact on the world’s marine environment. The cooperative pairing of both surface and subsea robots is enabled by ToolKITT, Nauticus’ autonomous software platform that affords robust machine intelligence in addition to just automation.
Nauticus believes that this technology will impact the industry in three distinct ways: a greater than 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over conventional methods; a greater than 50% reduction in operational cost; and an up to 90% reduction in personnel deployed offshore.