SeeByte Provides Software for Multi-Domain Autonomous Vehicle System

By Mike Ball / 20 Apr 2021
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Multi-domain autonomous vehicles

SeeByte has entered into a contract to provide software systems for a Maritime Multi-Domain Control System (MMDCS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). SeeByte is working as part of Team Cohort, which also includes industry experts Kongsberg Geospatial and Four DRobotics Corp.

The system will allow RCN personnel to simultaneously operate multiple autonomous vehicles in the air, on the water, and underwater – all from a single shipboard control station. This will provide warships with the ability to effectively extend their sensor range using these vehicles, while providing protection from seaborne threats such as mines or hostile unmanned surface vessels (USVs).

The team of Seebyte, Kongsberg Geospatial and Four DRobotics brings the expertise required for the challenging MMDCS project, which requires extensive experience with the deployment of autonomous unmanned vehicles, operations of maritime control stations, as well as existing and emerging NATO standards including STANAG 4586 and 4817.

SeeByte and Four DRobotics Corp will provide goal-based mission planning and reasoning (AI-supported) software systems to support autonomous mission development and execution for a UxV team consisting of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), and an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

Kongsberg Geospatial will provide operator control stations based on its IRIS UxS vehicle command and control software, which provides an overall real-time picture of the terrain, airspace, and underwater environment where the ships and their supporting unmanned teams are operating.

The MMDCS will provide a tactical capability for the command and control and information management required to simultaneously support unmanned vehicles in all three naval operations domains. The final objective of the project is to provide real-time or near-real-time situational awareness for warships in these domains, allowing improved threat assessment and target engagement.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact