British National Oceanography Centre and BAE Systems to collaborate for Marine Autonomous Systems projects

According to a press release published on November 12, 2020, the British NOC’s (National Oceanography Centre) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has announced that BAE Systems is joining its thriving technology development community as an Affiliate Partner.
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The NOC (National Oceanography Centre) and BAE Systems have collaborated on a number of exciting Marine Autonomous Systems and Oceanographic research projects, and this partnership builds on our joint commitment to investing in science and technology research projects.

Matt Gleed, BAE Systems Maritime’s Senior Technologist, said: “At BAE Systems we take a collaborative approach to technology and innovation. We work with partners and colleagues to innovate and embrace disruptive technologies, focused on those that will ensure our customers, including the Royal Navy, are equipped to face present and future threats. Our partnership with the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre will enable us to leverage the strength of our combined skills and capabilities across a number of projects in the marine domain, in areas such as autonomy, data gathering & analysis and modelling & simulation.”

Aidan Thorn, the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre manager, said: “The NOC and BAE Systems have been involved in a number of previous collaborations around Marine Autonomous Systems and oceanographic research projects, and over the past 18 months have been exploring how to further enhance the collaboration into science and technology research projects in the future. BAE Systems has renewed this collaboration intent through its new membership with the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre in what we both hope will lead to a strong working partnership together supporting the BAE Systems programmes and other stakeholders.”

The Marine Robotics Innovation Centre was established in 2015 with the aim of providing an innovation hub, bringing together a range of industries to develop the next generation of pioneering marine autonomous technologies. The Centre hosts a community of innovative companies developing technology for platforms, components and sub-systems in order to aid and advance oceanographic research for the benefit of both science and industry.

The community is able to access unique facilities and services at the Innovation Centre, and shares the specialised space with the NOC’s Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems group, which has extensive experience of the deployment of marine autonomous systems in some of the planet’s most challenging marine environments