OPENSEA for Defense

August 29, 2023

Success Stories

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

The United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Units have one of the most dangerous mission’s assigned to military personnel – locating and disposing of explosives. Compared to torpedoes, small boat attacks and missiles, underwater mines have caused more than four times more damage to U.S. Navy ships. Crude but effective mines, Water Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIEDs) and Underwater Hazardous Devices (UHDs) are cheap, easy to stockpile, and easily concealed in holds of ships and fishing boats. Previous methods for underwater EOD were time-consuming, extremely hazardous, and labor-intensive, often with little to no verification of mission success or completion.

VideoRay ROV systems – utilizing Greensea IQ’s EOD Workspace – have been employed by U.S. Navy for both routine and emergency inspections of ship hulls, sea wall pilings, and bridges for explosive devices, to help direct divers to an area of interest, to search for and recover evidence which has been discarded in a body of water, and to inspect an object or area of interest before deploying divers.

Taking Operations to the Edge

OPENSEA Edge is a hardware and software technology framework that moves computing resources needed to power perception systems and manipulators to the ROV. This enables more advanced autonomous behaviors, reducing bandwidth required to command the vehicle.

This reduction of bandwidth allows for trusted human-on-the-loop autonomy and tetherless command and control over any subsea marine robotic platform.