By David Hambling

Uncrewed vessel

The Bluebottle uncrewed vessels can operate autonomously at sea

Ocius Innovation

Australia is releasing a fleet of uncrewed robotic boats to patrol its waters and keep track of weather and wildlife. They will likewise flag boats potentially transferring asylum candidates, a strategy that has actually worried human rights groups.

The 5-metre-long vessels, known as Bluebottles after an Australian jellyfish, appear like miniature sailing yachts. They use a mix of wind, wave and solar energy to preserve a consistent 5-knot speed in all conditions.

Sydney-based Ocius Technology provided the prototype in 2017 and Australia’s Ministry of Defence has actually now granted an AU$ 5.5 million (₤ 3m) …

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