Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations (MASSMO)

Marine robots detect whales in the deep ocean

A fleet of pioneering marine robots, built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners, has successfully detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.

UK’s largest marine robot mission is underway off northwest Scotland

Gliders on the launch vessel at SAMS prior to deployment on ‘Exploring Ocean Fronts’

An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters.

‘Hidden larder’ for sharks and whales revealed in Welsh waters

Setting out

The mission saw an unmanned underwater glider travel to an area around 50 miles to the south west of Wales called the Celtic Deep, which is a haven for wildlife but also an extremely busy shipping route and fishing ground. The glider travelled 600 km in 30 days, undertaking nearly 3000 dives from the sea surface to the seabed at a depth of 100m.

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.

London and South of England Evening Meeting

Dr Russell Wynn

Dr Russell Wynn, Chief Scientist of the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) at the National Oceanography Centre, will be speaking on the MASSMO project at tonight’s meeting from 17:30 to 19:30 in South Kennington.

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.

Robot fleet successfully completes pioneering mission

Autonaut under tow

Robot vehicles launched from Plymouth this morning on fish tracking mission

Waveglider and C-Enduro in Plymouth Harbour

Three marine ‘robot’ vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The aim is to learn how fish use these areas on a day-to-day basis.

Robot fleet observes marine life in the open ocean

Towing Waveglider

A fleet of seven robotic vehicles were launched into the ocean off southwest England this week, in the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe. The vehicles are aiming to travel up to 300 miles over the next 20 days, and will be collecting scientific data about ocean processes and marine life.