• Bob the Bluebottle. Credit: Ocius Technologies
    Bob the Bluebottle. Credit: Ocius Technologies

The second vessel in Sydney-based SME Ocius Technologies' Bruce class of Bluebottle unmanned surface vessels (USVs), christened Bob, has undertaken initial sea trials. 

In a statement, the company said that design changes to the trim, displacement and helm immediately showed improvements in the vessel’s performance.

In addition, algorithms and software developed using first-of-class Bruce successfully integrated onto Bob

The Bruce class of USV offer 300 kg of payload capacity, 50W of power with eight hours of sunlight, a 100m keel winch for undersea sensors, the ability to launch and recover from a conventional boat ramp, and more. 

In late 2018, Ocius won a $1.7 million contract from Defence to determine the viability of an intelligent command and control network of persistent unmanned surface vessels.

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