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Cellula Robotics Initiates Trials of Solus-XR System Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

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Cellula Robotics Initiates Trials of Solus-XR System Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
Cellula Robotics Initiates Trials of Solus-XR System Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

Cellula Robotics Ltd. proudly announces a monumental moment in a project that commenced in early 2023, showcasing the company’s dedication to advancing Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XLUUVs). The Solus-XR XLUUV has officially embarked on its highly anticipated sea trials, signifying a crucial stride in the company’s development of its long range hydrogen fuel cell powered autonomous underwater systems. Building upon the foundation of Cellula’s preceding innovation, Solus-LR, the remarkable Solus-XR XLUUV has been meticulously crafted to attain unparalleled operational ranges, reaching an impressive 5,000 kilometers. Through its port-to-port mission capability, Solus-XR removes the necessity for auxiliary support vessels, thus facilitating access to challenging and remote locations frequently encountered in Arctic sub-ice missions. Beyond the elimination of environmentally taxing high-emission support vessels, the cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology developed by Cellula empowers the system to engage in sustainable operations, ensuring minimal ecological footprint.

“As we embark on this ground-breaking partnership with BAE Systems, we recognize the critical role autonomous platforms play in addressing the evolving challenges of the underwater domain. Recent sub-sea aggression incidents underscore the importance of safeguarding our underwater critical infrastructure. We are thrilled to collaborate with BAE Systems and look forward to the demonstration, setting the course for a future of enhanced underwater security and intelligence,” Eric Jackson, President at Cellula Robotics Ltd.

“This momentous achievement is a testament to Cellula’s enduring commitment to innovation and excellence. Through strategic partnerships and tireless dedication, the company has transformed a vision into reality with the development of the Solus-XR XLUUV, a cutting-edge testament to the future of maritime security,” said Adrian Woodroffe, Director of Business Development at Cellula.

The initial sea trials are designed to evaluate surface performance and autonomy, offering a valuable opportunity to assess the vehicle’s capabilities in the dynamic context of real-world maritime conditions. Looking ahead, Cellula Robotics Ltd has planned demonstration missions for 2024, a pivotal step in showcasing the full spectrum of the Solus-XR XLUUV’s capabilities in real-world scenarios. These missions will underscore the vehicle’s potential to redefine underwater security and operations, solidifying its place as a game-changing technology. Further bolstering its achievements, the Solus-XR XLUUV proudly claims the title of the largest UUV ever developed in Canada. This accomplishment underscores the nation’s capacity to drive innovation and lead in the development of cutting-edge underwater technology. As Cellula Robotics Ltd pushes the boundaries of innovation, the sea trials of the Solus-XR XLUUV mark a defining moment in the company’s journey, demonstrating its commitment to excellence and setting the stage for a new era of XLUUVs.

BAE Systems has announced a collaboration with Cellula Robotics to showcase the capabilities of its new Extra Large Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (XLAUV), known as Herne, on a technology demonstrator in the water in the second half of 2024. Recent acts of sub-sea aggression highlight the strategic importance of the underwater domain, the need to protect the critical national infrastructure within it and the inherent challenges. Autonomous platforms, like Herne, could have a role in helping militaries overcome the challenge that the vast expanses of the underwater battlespace present, enabling them to monitor much larger areas without the limitations of a human crew and in a far more cost-effective way. Herne will provide a capability built on BAE Systems’ deep understanding of its military customers to deliver the persistence and flexibility needed for the future. Its adaptable design will allow the platform to be configured to conduct operations including: anti-submarine warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and electronic warfare. The demonstrator project, will test the ‘brains’ of the BAE Systems military XLAUV on one of Cellula Robotics’ underwater vehicles in trials set to take place next year at a facility on the south coast of England.

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