Global technology provider Exail has partnered with the University of New Hampshire to open the Maritime Autonomy Innovation Hub to advance “all aspects” of maritime autonomy.
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Located on the university’s John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center in Durham, New Hampshire, Exail is set to use the centre to deliver operational benefits to civil and government customers in the United States.
This is expected to include production of Exail’s DriX uncrewed surface vehicle, a remote autonomous operations centre, as well as maintenance and training facilities.
The hub was opened on 15 July.
UNH president Jim Dean, US Senator Maggie Hassan, and the assistant administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Nicole LaBoeuf, were present at the celebration.
Marine Slingue, president of Exail Inc, explained the new centre will enable the partners to continue developing autonomous maritime capabilities.
“We’ve been working together with UNH for the past six years pioneering uncrewed technologies and we are now capitalising on our common achievements with the opening of this new innovation hub,” Slingue said.
“We’re very proud and excited to take this next step in our US adventure, and we would like to thank UNH, CCOM, and NOAA, for their great support, leadership, and vision on the use of uncrewed technologies that took us where we are today.
“We look forward to our continuous partnership with them and all the great work we achieve together to keep advancing maritime autonomy in the US.”
The new centre will allow the partners to continue leveraging the growing maritime economy, Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at UNH, said.
“This exciting collaboration will not only be good for Exail and UNH students and researchers but also good for New Hampshire and the nation,” Mayer explained.
“We anticipate that it is just the start of bringing many of our other industrial partners and government colleagues to the state as we create a local engine for the new blue economy.”