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National Oceanography Centre
National Oceanography Centre (UK)
President/CEO: Ed Hill OBE
No. of Employees: 620 ww.noc.ac.uk
The National Oceanography Center (NOC) is the UK’s lead- and storage. Technology development with industry has seen ing institution for integrated coastal and deep ocean research. innovative, low cost EcoSUB vehicles expand their network-
NOC undertakes and facilitates world-class, agenda-setting ing capabilities, in partnership with Planet Ocean and the Uni- scienti? c research to understand the global ocean by solving versity of Newcastle. The NOC’s Autosub Long Range (ALR) challenging multidisciplinary, large scale, long-term marine successfully completed its ? rst under ice mission in Antarctica. science problems to underpin international and UK public Another ALR project – P3NAV collaborating with Sonardyne policy, business and wider societal outcomes. At the Marine and L3 ASV – has delivered advanced positioning capabilities
Robotics Innovation Center in Southampton, the NOC hosts without the need for surface vehicles.
a community of 28 innovative partner companies, working The NOC is at the forefront of global marine technology de- in collaboration to develop next generation technology for velopment, with a focus on cutting-edge marine autonomous platforms, components and sub-systems in order to advance systems (MAS) and sensors. The Center is responsible for the oceanographic research for the bene? t of both science and in- development of the world-famous Autosub family of autono- dustry. The last 12 months has seen the NOC expand its reach mous vehicles, including the pioneering Autosub Long Range and in? uence around the globe, with a number of overseas vehicle, depth-rated to 6000 meters with extreme endurance projects aimed at advancing marine science, capacity building capabilities and sophisticated payloads. Under the Oceanids and knowledge transfer under the SOLSTICE project focus- program, further platforms are under development that will ing on the West Indian Ocean region, and the Commonwealth deliver more advanced AI and navigation, greater endurance
Marine Economies Program (CMEP) which is helping Com- and range, and world-leading under-ice exploration capabili- monwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) make the ties. The program has also delivered a uni? ed Command and most of their natural maritime advantages. 2019’s STEMM- Control (C2) infrastructure for operating a range of MAS, and
CCS expedition saw one of the largest deployments of bespoke related collaborative developments with industry are introduc- oceanographic equipment aimed at furthering our understand- ing improved networking capabilities, power consumption and ing and capabilities within the ? eld of subsea carbon capture endurance.
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