SYDNEY, Australia — Advanced Navigation is developing a subsea robotics R&D and manufacturing complex in Balcatta, Western Australia, for technologies including the Hydrus autonomous underwater robot.
The company expects the facility to help it meet growing demand for underwater data, bringing its existing and new solutions to market more quickly, with further plans to triple the size of its subsea team.
The subsea center is located on a 5.5-acre site designed for high-volume production, research and expansion of subsea navigation and robotics technologies, including the company’s underwater AI division. Its innovations to date include `extreme miniaturization’ of pressure-tolerant electronics, sonar technologies and AI-based autonomous systems.
Also on site will be test facilities with various marine simulation environments.
Advanced Navigation's robotic technologies are used by companies in offshore renewable energy and other sectors.
Hydrus, which can map and survey subsea structures, is designed for subsea research, survey and exploration, employing navigational, sonar, propulsion and data capture technologies with artificial neural network intelligence.
The company has support from research institutions such as the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.