Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Options division introduced in the present day the profitable integration of its superior autonomy options with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy product. The combination of those autonomous capabilities helps complicated mission planning and collaboration between unmanned methods. The demonstration, which happened late final 12 months within the Chesapeake Bay off the coast of Virginia Seaside, concerned overlaying HII’s collaborative autonomy and mission planning behaviors with the Sea Machines SM300 system on an unmanned floor vessel (USV). Sea Machines’ SM300 system might be outfitted to ocean-capable vessels to allow remotely commanded USV operations or can work alongside an onboard crew to raise the potential, precision, and endurance of a mission-driven vessel. Throughout the demonstration, HII’s autonomy managed mission delegation and enabled collaborative autonomy with different unmanned methods whereas offering the SM300 system info to handle the USV heading and pace.

“Sea Machines’ merchandise are developed to combine readily with the big selection of vessel varieties. Our purpose is to suit seamlessly right into a vessel’s command and management stack which in some instances will embrace info and management methods from different autonomy methods both above or beneath our expertise,” stated Michael G. Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines. “We’re inspired by the speedy progress demonstrated by the HII crew as they combine their expertise with our product to raise the potential of their clients.”


“This represents an vital milestone in our continued autonomy improvement,” stated Duane Fotheringham, president of Technical Options’ Unmanned Techniques enterprise group. “The combination was seamless and illustrates the immense potential for our open structure autonomy to work collaboratively with different autonomous methods.”

The open structure and modularity of HII’s autonomy make it a versatile, scalable possibility for patrons in search of to reinforce their present autonomy platform with further superior capabilities. HII’s collaborative autonomy allows complicated mission delegation to a number of unmanned belongings that each one share situational consciousness. Collectively, HII and Sea Machines will supply various ranges of autonomy complexity for various operations. In July 2020, HII introduced a minority share funding in Boston-based Sea Machines as a part of its enlargement into unmanned methods. This funding complemented different firm investments in autonomy, synthetic intelligence and machine studying, cyber, C5ISR, and superior modeling and simulation to assist a extra built-in, related power. In Might of 2021, the SM300 was built-in on an HII take a look at platform. Since then, HII has additional developed and refined its autonomy options, together with collaborative autonomy, superior well being monitoring, and sensor fusion and notion, which have been fielded on 23 vessel varieties for greater than 6,000 hours.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the biggest navy shipbuilding firm in the USA in addition to a supplier {of professional} companies to companions in authorities and business. HII, ranked No. 371 on the Fortune 500, was shaped on March 31, 2011, as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman. HII contains three divisions: Newport Information Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Technical Options. HII’s Newport Information and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have constructed extra ships in additional ship lessons than another U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Options division supplies a variety {of professional} companies via its Fleet Help, Mission Pushed Revolutionary Options/Protection and Federal Options[clarification needed], Nuclear and Environmental, and Oil and Gasoline teams. With a 135-year historical past of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. nationwide safety, HII delivers important capabilities starting from probably the most highly effective and resilient maritime platforms ever constructed, to unmanned methods and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the business in mission-driven options that assist and allow a related, built-in full spectrum power. Headquartered in Newport Information, Virginia, HII’s expert workforce is 44,000 sturdy.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ HII’s Technical Options division built-in its superior autonomy options with Sea Machines’ SM300 product on an HII take a look at platform. (Photograph by HII)