Successful next step for the Sea Machines SM300 system

According to a PR published by HII on January 5, 2022, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions division announced the successful integration of its advanced autonomy solutions with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy product. The integration of these autonomous capabilities supports complex mission planning and collaboration between unmanned systems.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 SM300 system (Picture source: Sea Machines Robotics)

The demonstration, which took place late last year in the Chesapeake Bay off the coast of Virginia Beach, involved overlaying HII’s collaborative autonomy and mission planning behaviors with the Sea Machines SM300 system on an unmanned surface vessel (USV).

Sea Machines’ SM300 system can be outfitted to ocean-capable vessels to enable remotely commanded USV operations or can work alongside an onboard crew to elevate the capability, precision and endurance of a mission-driven vessel.

During the demonstration, HII’s autonomy managed mission delegation and enabled collaborative autonomy with other unmanned systems while providing the SM300 system information to manage the USV heading and speed.

In May of 2021, the SM300 was integrated on an HII test platform. Since then, HII has further developed and refined its own autonomy solutions, including collaborative autonomy, advanced health monitoring, and sensor fusion and perception, which have been fielded on 23 vessel types for more than 6,000 hours.

The SM300 is an autonomous self-piloting system that is always on-watch and enables off-boat remote command. To protect onboard cargo, payloads, or onboard crew, the SM300 regulates vessel motions during missions and voyages.

This Sea-Keeping Protection Mode autonomously reduces wave-induced slamming, heave, or other motions, and keeps them below configurable limits.