Photo: Illustration (Courtesy of Autonomous Robotics)

Autonomous Robotics scores grant-funded seismic sensor project

Autonomous Robotics has been awarded a project, part-funded by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), to develop a seismic sensor for its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) solution.

Illustration (Courtesy of Autonomous Robotics)
Illustration (Courtesy of Autonomous Robotics)

Aside from OGTC, the project is funded by two European energy companies, said to have proven track record using ocean bottom seismic technology.

The project, which has a value of £400,000, is to develop a bespoke seismic sensor to fit in the Autonomous Robotics’ autonomous underwater vehicle solution, Flying Node, and is expected to last 15 months.

Duncan Soukup, chairman of Thalassa, the owner of Autonomous Robotics, said: “We are delighted that Autonomous Robotics has won this award and in particular the participation of the two European energy companies.  We are continuing to make good progress in the development of our Flying Node solution which will address a number of opportunities in the offshore Energy, defence and environmental markets “.

The grant was awarded as part of OGTC’s strategy to work with partners as they transition to a net-zero objective. Its Offshore Energy 4.0 programme is focused on enabling remotely controlled operations, empowered by data, robotics and autonomous systems.