Cellula to Develop an Autonomous Suction Anchor Under the All Domain Situational Awareness Science & Technology Program

Cellula Robotics Ltd. (Cellula) is pleased to announce the second phase of a contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Department of National Defence’s (DND) science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), under the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science and Technology (S&T) Program.

In phase two, Cellula will develop and demonstrate a suction anchor designed to enable Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) to hold station for extended periods, while in a power saving, quiet mode. The suction anchor is an important enabling technology for long range, long duration AUVs that will be tasked with providing enhanced sub-surface awareness of the approaches to Canada.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. DRDC provides the Department of National Defence (DND), the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and national security communities, the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. For more information, please visit DRDC’s website: www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca

All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) S&T Program. Through an investment of up to $133 million over five years, through to 2020, in the ADSA S&T Program, DND is supporting a variety of innovative research and analysis projects, the outcomes of which are expected to contribute to the development of options for enhanced domain awareness of air, maritime surface and sub-surface approaches to Canada, in particular those in the Arctic. This research and analysis will be delivered through collaboration with other government departments, academia, industry and allies. Surveillance solutions explored and potentially selected will strengthen the Government of Canada’s ability to exercise sovereignty in the North, and will provide a greater whole-of-government awareness of safety and security issues, as well as transportation and commercial activity in Canada’s Arctic.