Multi-system deployments at Cartagena

Multi-system deployments at Cartagena

During the first week of June (5-9) the LSTS participated in a large scope joint exercise off the coast of Cartagena with members from Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering (UNIZG-FER), Oceanographic Center University of Cyprus, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). The exercise took place onboard the Clara Campoamor vessel provided by the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR).

During the week long exercises the LSTS spearheaded series of multi-system deployments culminating in a simultaneous AUV, ASV and UAV deployment at the end of the work week.

The purpose of this exercise was to test and benchmark operational challenges when deploying fleets of systems, from different manufactures, with the objective of detecting and monitoring oil spills. In this regard, the LSTS software toolchain served as a pivotal point of control and cooperation between all active systems. The Neptus C4I platform was used to plan, control and supervise the whole series of operations and also analyse all the collected data from the deployed systems.

The next iteration of this exercise will take place in Cork, during 2018, and will count with added participation from University of the Balearic Islands, University of Girona and the Irish Coast Guard.