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18 Jan 18. Kraken SAS tested on US Navy AUV. Kraken Robotic Systems’ AquaPix mini synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) system with real-time processing has been successfully integrated and tested onboard a US Navy REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) operated by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.
The SAS system has been developed to detect underwater mines during naval operations by obtaining ultra high-resolution target data at long ranges.
An effective minehunting system requires at least 5cm of target pixel resolution and this can be achieved with SAS at ranges of over 250 metres. Conventional side scan sonars can also achieve this resolution but at very short range, typically limited to less than 25 metres.
AquaPix is designed for AUVs as a replacement for conventional side scan sonars for various military applications. The technology also has potential in other underwater imaging applications including offshore energy, seabed surveying, marine archaeology, debris mapping and search and salvage operations.
Karl Kenny, president and CEO, Kraken, said: ‘The major concern of mine countermeasures is to keep sailors far away from the mine threat while having a high level of confidence in the detection and classification of possible threats.
‘Real-time SAS signal processing onboard an AUV is a significant step forward from the current approach. Kraken’s real-time SAS can increase safety, improve operational efficiency, reduce the mission risk of missing mines and significantly reduce and/or eliminate post mission analysis time.’(Source: Shephard)
18 Jan 18. South Korea Agency for Defense Development Selects SimActive. SimActive Inc., a developer of photogrammetry software, has announced that the Republic of Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has selected Correlator3D. Their use of the software will include processing UAV and satellite imagery. The transaction was facilitated through a SimActive partner in the region, GeoFocus Inc.
“The software was originally developed for military clients, which is reflected in the processing speed and rigorous mapping standards the technology adheres to”, said Dr Philippe Simard, President of SimActive. “We are proud to welcome ADD as they join governments worldwide using Correlator3D”.
Agency for Defense Development was established in August 1970 under the banner of the self-reliable defense. ADD is the only South Korean national agency for research and development in defense technology funded by Defense Acquisition Program Administration. Its purpose is contributing to enforcing the national defense, to improving the national R&D capacity, and to fostering the domestic defense industry.
SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support.
Read more at https://www.uasvision.com/2018/01/18/south-korea-agency-for-defense-development-selects-simactive/#eyLqhLj6TJoXihOF.99(Source: UAS VISION)
17 Jan 18. Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines. Key Points:
• Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines
• Move aims to secure