The project “Launch and Recovery Systems for Ship deployed AUVs”, devoleped by Australian University Flinders in cooperation with Fincantieri Australia and CETENA S.p.A. is starting.
The project, expected to last one year, will be coordinated by prof. Karl Sammut and will make use of a loan of 310,000 Australian dollars (about 200,000 euros) offered by Fincantieri Australia as part of the Maritime Innovation Challenge programme and included among the Open Innovation initiatives launched by Fincantieri in recent years, which have seen the Italian universities in Genoa, Trieste, Naples and Palermo all involved. The theme of the ship-based integration of drone launch and recovery systems was assessed as the most interesting within a range of proposals prepared by the various departments of the Australian university in response to the announcement issued by Fincantieri and CETENA during Pacific 2017 in Sydney. In fact, underwater drones are gaining increasing interest in their numerous applications in the scientific, military and commercial fields for port and coastal surveillance, inspection of hulls and submerged structures such as underwater pipelines for electricity, gas or fuels.
The project aims to improve the water launch phase of the means from the ship that hosts it and especially the more complex one of its recovery.