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During the last week a team from LSTS went to Galicia and Corunna to take part in the second demo of the project NETMAR, that happened at 1st October at A Pobra do Caramiñal.

The scenario created for this exercise, involved a ship that suffered damage to the hull during a storm and was leaking fuel causing a spill. An UAV would then be deployed to assess the contaminated area. Drifters would also be deployed to accurately understand the way the fuel was spreading and an UAV would make a survey to acquire a more precise image of the contaminated area. During this operation containment measure would be put in place and a ROV would make a hull inspection to evaluate the damage.

After the demonstration a smaller part of the team headed further north for the seminar "New scenarios of maritime safety in the European Union. Reflections after the Erika and Prestige disasters” at Oleiros.

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Another story on project Sunrise, this time in Portuguese.

Visit ciencia20.up.pt to see the full article.

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URready4OS is a project that aims to join forces to make available to European Civil Protection a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with operational capability to intervene against oil spills in European Seas using new cooperative multivehicle robotic technologies.

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Last September 19, Professor John Sousa, traveled to Russia to present a lecture on the creation and use of robotic devices in marine systems of the Ural Federal University.

http://urfu.ru/en/events/event/1810/
(in Russian)

This event is the follow-on workshop from the  Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV’2012), which was held in Porto, Portugal in April 2012.

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It is where we all came from and it is vital to our future, but the earth’s oceans, seas and waterways remain a mystery to us – a final frontier. The Sunrise project is at the forefront of a revolution in communications, creating an underwater ‘internet of things’, that will mobilise robots to work in groups, interacting together and passing back information to us on life underwater.

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As refered in a previous post   REP14 - Atlantic  stands for Recognized Environmental Picture (REP) Atlantic 2014, and was a joint exercise of the Portuguese Navy, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and the University of Porto, through the Laboratório de Sistemas e Tecnologia Subaquática (LSTS). 
This exercise was conducted at the Lisbon naval base and of the coasts of Sesimbra and Sines, Portugal. The exercise was focused on evaluating, testing, and demonstrating tools and technologies for persistent operations of collaborative underwater, surface and air vehicles in mine hunting, oceanography, expeditionary hydrography, search and rescue, environmental knowledge, maritime security and harbour protection. 

Check the numbers and highlights of this exercise.

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From 7 to 28 July, four naval units and ten international partners conduct collaborative experimentation off the coast of Portugal.

Multi-domain cooperative robotics could significantly improve current capabilities of Navies at sea. The Portuguese Navy and the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), along with the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia (Italy), are at sea off the coast of Portugal, from 7 to 28 of July 2014, to test networks of unmanned maritime vehicles (surface, underwater and aerial) and develop new solutions in the fields of underwater communications and autonomy in operational scenarios.

"Robots of the deep" an article from Euronews presenting our vehicles, and what we are developing under the SUNRISE project.

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REP14-Atlantic stands for Recognized Environmental Picture (REP) Atlantic 2014. REP14-Atlantic is a joint exercise of the Portuguese Navy, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) and the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). 
REP14-Atlantic is a large experiment to be conducted in the Lisbon Naval Base and off the coasts of Sesimbra and Sines, in Portugal, from 7 to 24 July 2014. It includes several Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with different sensors and acoustic payloads, which will be deployed from Portuguese Navy ships NRP (“Navio da Republica Portuguesa” i.e. Ship of the Portuguese Republic) Pégaso, NRP Auriga, submarine NRP Arpão and the NATO Research Vessel Alliance.

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