INNOVATION & IMAGERY OF THE DEEP SEA
TEAM ARGGONAUTS ADOPTS QIMERA IN IT’S QUEST FOR WINNING THE XPRIZE COMPETITION
Team ARGGONAUTS based out of the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, Systems Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in Karlsruhe, has qualified along with nine (9) other teams to participate in the final stage of the XPRIZE Ocean Discovery Competition taking place in fall of 2018. This 3 year research competition competition is “a $7 million global competition challenging teams to push the boundaries of ocean technologies by creating solutions that advance the autonomy, scale, speed, depths and resolution of ocean exploration”. The goal: to decisively advance the exploration of the deep sea through unmanned, autonomously operating systems.
The final stage of this competition will require teams to use autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV’s) to compete in a final round of testing taking place in 4000 meters water depth. The competition area covers 500 square kilometers. At the completion of the final round, the team must provide the judging panel high-resolution bathymetry as well as images of a specified object and identify any archaeological, biological or geological features that may be present. The winning team will receive four million dollars in prize money.
The five Great Divers are autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV’s) of the team ARGGONAUTS.
© Fraunhofer IOSB/Eduard Maydanik
To support their quest, Quality Positioning Services (QPS), a Saab group company, is sponsoring Team ARGGONAUTS through the provision of their innovative hydrographic processing solutions, Qimera. Team ARGGONAUTS chose QPS because of the leading innovation, utilizes guided and dynamic workflows to enormously ease the effort and decreases the time it takes to produce high quality bathymetric products. For Team ARGGONNAUTS, Qimera is able to quickly read all information from each vehicle, process all of onboard system data including their Bathyswath sonar, navigation, motion, sound velocity. Automated processing and filtering routines are implemented and within minutes final bathymetric products are ready for final analysis and implementation into the Esri ArcGIS system. The functions are constantly expanded and adapted to the current state of research.
The exploration of the deep sea should also be affordable for small businesses
So far, it is necessary to use large and expensive ships to explore the deep sea. The approximately 25-strong team of ARGGONAUTS pursues the approach to make deep-sea exploration possible on a larger scale and also affordable for smaller specialized companies. This is how it works: “The unmanned light carrier boats would bring the small unmanned submarines to the site. Then this fully automatic swarm of underwater drones would explore the seabed and produce images of interesting objects and creatures. ", explains Dr. Brink.
More info: https://arggonauts.de/
About the Fraunhofer Institute
The Fraunhofer Institute is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe. Under one roof are 72 Institutes and research institutions that work in different locations all over Germany. One of these is the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation (IOSB) with a total of approximately 500 employees based in Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau, Lemgo, Görlitz, and Beijing. The Institute’s research focuses on Industry 4.0, information management, as well as multi-sensorial systems to help people perceive their environment and support interaction. www.iosb.fraunhofer.de