Advanced Navigation, one of the world’s most ambitious innovators in AI robotics, and navigation technology, is announcing Hydrus – a revolution in underwater drone technology, developed to open exciting frontiers in ocean exploration around the world.
Hydrus, a fully autonomous submersible drone, will revolutionise undersea research, survey and exploration by making data capture simple. Operational straight out of the box, ocean users of every grade will now have access to an all-in-one underwater inspection team.
Why is the Hydrus an impressive invention?
The ocean is a challenging environment. When venturing underwater, one can expect high pressure, with no access to GPS – the only way to communicate is through sound.
Existing equipment designed for ocean exploration requires a large vessel fitted with lifting equipment, qualified crews, professional divers as well as health and safety requirements. This has made underwater data capture expensive, irregular, and often ineffective.
“We’ve seen a revolution take place in the aerial drone industry, 10-15 years ago, only qualified experts could fly drones. Today, drones are simple and reliable enough that anyone can use them.” said Xavier Orr, CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation.
“Looking at underwater technology, we want the same thing to happen. At the moment, underwater vehicles require specialist knowledge and training to be used effectively.”
“We’ve developed Hydrus to ensure professional grade underwater imagery and data is accessible, enabling greater opportunities across the ocean, whether it’s inspecting offshore wind farms, capturing undersea cinematography or monitoring coral reefs.”
What is the purpose of the Hydrus?
The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. It’s important to every human and living species on this planet.
However, the ocean is in danger. Sustainable use of ocean resources is of critical importance to the health of the planet, so much so, the United Nations proclaimed 2021 to 2030 – The Ocean Decade. To enable informed decision making for the sustainable use of ocean resources, data is needed on a scale and magnitude greater than previously possible.
Hydrus has the potential to discover why some of the ocean’s greatest climate change events are occurring. This includes CO2 absorption, reef bleaching, new diseases, loss of sea life and biodiversity, coastal erosion, and fishery decline amongst others. Being able to gather high resolution data will help us measure the severity of these devastating events.
We can then respond proactively, constructively, and decisively. Together, with research partners, we hope to discover how to restore and protect the oceans for future generations.
“Minderoo Foundation has made a strategic investment in this program as part of its mission to engage the best science and latest tech in support of ocean conservation,” says Dr Tony Worby, Director of Flourishing Oceans and the Planet Portfolio at Minderoo Foundation.
“Having tech like Hydrus is one way of supporting our marine scientists to access cutting-edge tech which puts them at the forefront of tackling the greatest threats to the ocean.”
What does Hydrus’ technology bring to the industry?
Advanced Navigation aims to remove barriers to users of underwater data;
- Advanced sonar, navigation and communications systems allows Hydrus to cut the tether and navigate fully autonomously, avoiding obstacles and adjusting missions on the fly.
- Operational straight out of the box, without the need for specific knowledge or training, the web interface makes it simple to plan and execute underwater missions in 3D.
- Hydrus is equipped with a cinema-grade 4K 60fps camera combined with an AI engine to analyse image quality and adjust lighting on the fly.
- The Hydrus’ compact size and minimal weight means it can be launched by a single person and taken as carry-on when traveling.
Hydrus will revolutionise the way we gather data to deepen our understanding of the ocean. Whether it’s monitoring the Great Barrier Reef, building maps of world ocean heritage sites, inspecting underwater infrastructure and fish farms or identifying new marine life, Hydrus will be instrumental in building a stronger, more sustainable ocean for us all.
It is the drone revolution, underwater. Pre-order available now. Purchase later this year.