Upgrade for US Navy UUV Autonomy Capabilities

SeeByte will upgrade the Neptune mission-level autonomy system, and develop Automatic Target Recognition modules as well as a bespoke training and simulation toolkit By Mike Ball / 30 Nov 2022
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SeeByte has confirmed that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to support and upgrade the MK18 Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems program. The MK18 UUV is designed to support the needs of a range of Navy missions, including mine counter measures (MCM), surveillance and reconnaissance, and more.

Under the contract, SeeByte will provide engineering, technical support, training and simulation services, including upgrades to SeeByte’s Mission-Level Autonomy system Neptune, development of Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) modules, and a bespoke training and simulation toolkit (Unmanned Systems Simulator).

The Neptune autonomy system uses adaptive goal-based planning and automatic matching of areas and objectives to available assets in order to provide optimal mission execution. The system’s unique decentralised autonomy architecture allows multiple tasks to be run in parallel, with automatic malfunction management and task handover in response to failure or changes in the environment.

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