Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS)

Official opening of the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Jo Johnson visits the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

A £3 million centre to develop new technology for the emerging marine robotics sector was officially opened by Science Minister, Jo Johnson, on 23 November 2015.

‘Virtual dolphins’ help make the first trial of marine robotic software a success

‘Thomas’ on Loch Ern (courtesy of Kyle McNally, SeeByte 2015)

Edinburgh based marine business takes space in new Southampton Innovation Centre

Marine Robotic Innovation Centre

Edinburgh based SeeByte UK, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, is expanding its offices and taking space in the new Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

National Oceanography Centre showcases marine innovation in London

Marine Robotics Innovations Centre

The National Oceanography Centre has won a place at Innovate 2015, which takes place on 9 and 10 November at Old Billingsgate in London. This award acknowledges the NOC’s growing success in the marine technologies sector and the opening of NOC’s new £3 million Marine Robotics Innovation Centre later this month.

Robot school opens to help address environmental challenges

The MARS fleet at the NOC

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a partner in a new £2.5m Centre for Doctoral Training in the use of ‘robotic’ systems for environmental sciences.

NOC and WWF in partnership for novel marine robotic vehicle trials

C-Enduro at Milford Haven

The National Oceanography Centre has today begun the latest in a series of ambitious marine robotic vehicle trials off the UK coast.

Innovation Centre complete and first resident secured

New glider workshop

The National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) Innovation Centre reached its completion this week.

Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) showcase and workshops

National Oceanography Centre with RRS Discovery

24–27 February 2015 – Recent capital investment, as part of the UK Government ‘Eight Great Technologies’ initiative, means that the NERC MARS facility now comprises the largest and most diverse research fleet of marine autonomous systems in Europe.

MARS mission has lift-off


A formal project is now in place to create NOC’s new, national autonomous underwater vehicle facility. Gwyn Griffiths, Head of Ocean Technology and Engineering, is managing the project to deliver the facility, which has been christened MARS (Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems).