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New partnership between Naval Group and Space Applications Services from Belgium


Within the framework of the industrial cooperation plan linked to the mine hunter programme for the Belgian and Dutch navies, Naval Group has concluded a collaboration agreement with Space Applications Services (SpaceApps). The company based in Brussels will conduct a one-year study for Naval Group in the field of multi-UAV planning.
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An ambitious industrial cooperation plan accompanies the programme supplying the Belgian and Dutch navies with twelve mine hunters, a contract awarded in 2019 to Belgium Naval & Robotics, the consortium set up by Naval Group and ECA Group. The two companies have implemented a centre of excellence in Belgium, in partnership with players in the industrial and research sector and universities. This centre is called MCM Lab and is dedicated to innovations in the field of mine countermeasures.

In this context, Naval Group has concluded a collaboration agreement with Space Applications Services (SpaceApps). The company based in Brussels conduct a one-year study for Naval Group in the field of multi-UAV planning.

Through this study, Space Applications Services applies its aerospace expertise to the naval sector. All technical skills and teams are deployed to make mine hunters even more efficient in their missions.

The expertise of SpaceApps with regard to augmented reality, real-time classification, communication between different UAV’s, identification of the degree of autonomy, management of communication problems in an underwater environment, is a valuable contribution to multiUAV research and rescue missions, optimal planning and allocation of resources and the set up of communication relays to coordinate data between the operator centre and each UAV. This initiative also allows to progress in the detection of elements navigating in an underwater environment.