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Cellula Awarded Two Contracts for DND IDEaS Program

Cellula Robotics Ltd. has been awarded two contracts under the Canada’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.

For the Persistent Maritime Surveillance challenge, Cellula is funded to test a candidate battery technology for a Deployable Battery Station (DBS) to support Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) mission extensions. The DBS will ultimately provide megawatt-hour subsea storage capacity for long term deployments enabling UUVs to recharge without being recovered.

Under the Collaboration of Robotics Systems challenge, Cellula has teamed with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering to demonstrate a team of marine robots imaging a target from below and above to create a complete 3D model.  The project includes Cellula’s Imotus hovering UUV below the water with surface and aerial drones from Dalhousie University.  Ultimately, this technology can be used to assess over the horizon targets before manned interdiction operations.

Announced in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (June, 2017), DND introduced the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program to improve DND’s access to the creative potential of Canadian innovators to build defence capability and economic impact. The program supports the formation of an innovation ecosystem from the early stages of an idea, creates awareness of defence and security challenges and mobilizes innovators to develop prototypes and capabilities for defence and security capabilities.

Successful Docking Demo for Imotus-1 HAUV

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Cellula Robotics Ltd. (Cellula) has successfully demonstrated its Imotus-1 Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. During a week of testing at local pool facility, Imotus-1 navigated using proprietary SLAM algorithms and was shown to hold station, waypoint track, maneuver around obstacles and dock to an underwater charging station. Inspection tools including point cloud map generation, high definition video, an ultrasonic thickness gauge and a light cleaning brush were also demonstrated.

The docking demonstration was sponsored by Ocean Networks Canada. This demonstration included communications between Imotus and the docking station using a blue-light modem, followed by autonomous docking.  When in the dock, Imotus received power and high bandwidth communication via a WiSub pin-less connector.

Scott McLean, Director of Ocean Networks Canada, said “this was an excellent demonstration of Canadian technology that has broad applications globally for both industry and research.  Cellula Robotics has really created an exceptional platform that we are looking forward to applying in many areas.  Demonstrating both wireless optical communications and contactless connectors for charging and high speed communications is an essential step to creating the next generation in hybrid AUV systems.”

Imotus-1 uses Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms to enable navigation, station keeping, route following and autonomous operation within confined space environments. Development of SLAM was made possible through funding from the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

In the first quarter of 2018 Imotus-1 will be used in the North Sea for commercial survey and inspection work inside the structural legs of an offshore platform.

Ocean Networks Canada was established in 2007 as a major initiative of the University of Victoria, Ocean Networks Canada operates world-leading ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. The observatories collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.oceannetworks.ca/

NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada's innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. For more information, please visit their website: https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/index.html

New Website & Hovering AUV Release

Cellula Robotics Ltd. is proud to launch a new website and introduce their first Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV): Imotus-1

Imotus-1 is a Hovering AUV specifically designed to operate in confined environments, in a range of fluids.  The navigation solution incorporates Cellula’s proprietary Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms, using data from a suite of sensors to calculate its location inside a confined, unknown environment.  Imotus-1 carries a range of inspection sensors including a high resolution stills camera, ultrasonic thickness sensors and a light intervention cleaning tool.  Imotus-1 is available for purchase or lease.

Eric Jackson, President of Cellula Robotics Ltd. said: “We are excited to be entering the HAUV market with a vehicle designed to solve specific inspection challenges in confined spaces.  Over the past 18 months, Cellula has taken the strategic decision to develop this technology, building on our strong control systems experience.  With the global AUV market expected to grow significantly in the coming years and a drive to reduce costs in the Oil and Gas sector, we believe the Imotus family of vehicles will provide a new and cost effective solution to many inspection challenges.”

Cellula Awarded Imotus-1 Contract

Cellula Robotics Ltd. has been awarded a contract by Ocean Networks Canada to demonstrate subsea blue light communication, docking and charging of Cellula’s Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV): Imotus-1.  The demonstration will occur by the end of 2017 in a confined space test tank.

Established in 2007 as a major initiative of the University of Victoria, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) operates world-leading ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. The observatories collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible. For more information, please visit the ONC website.