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Houston, we have control

Golden Arrow Marine is supplying advanced Smartgyro SG80 gyroscopic stabilization units to Cowes boatbuilder Diverse Marine for installation on its new 18m Hydronaut vessels being built for Houston-based Nauticus Robotics.

Smartgyro’s UK Master Dealer Golden Arrow Marine partnered with Nauticus Robotics, a developer of offshore subsea and surface robots and autonomy software, to construct the initial production run of the Hydronaut for its 20-strong robotic Nauticus navy fleet. 

Initially manned, so built to class with flag and MLC compliance, the vessels will be fitted with gyro-stabilization and ride control to maximize the operational envelope of the craft. The modular Smartgyro stabilizers were selected due to the ease of installation and onboard maintenance and will be fitted to maximize comfort and roll reduction during manned and unmanned operations.

An autonomous UAV deployment daughter craft, Hydronaut’s primary objective is to support the launch, recovery and real-time operations of Aquanaut, its undersea robotic counterpart. Hydronaut ferries Aquanaut to and from the worksite and supports battery recharges as well as the communications link from the local remote operations centre for supervised autonomous operations. 

Comprehensive navigation and communications manage the transfer of control and information for both Hydronaut and Aquanaut. Nauticus’ Houston-based global remote operations centre provides additional technical and operational support.

Simon Leppard, Business Development Manager, Golden Arrow Marine said: “We are delighted to work with Diverse Marine on such an exciting project. Effective stabilization is essential for the Hydronaut vessels for comfort and roll reduction. As well as advanced technology, superior performance and efficiency, the Smartgyro solution offers significant additional benefits because of the ease of installation and onboard maintenance, so there is no need to remove the gyro and downtime is reduced.”

Production and delivery of the first two vessels is scheduled for Q1 2023, with the remainder being fulfilled by the end of 2024.

Exhibitors; Golden Arrow Marine
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