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The finalists of the CNR Concept Challenge–a historic call for innovative ideas to support the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the future–were announced at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C.
The finalists include Benjamin Conley, for enhancements to existing thermal-imaging capabilities; Joe Kennedy, for a prototype system that assesses various sources of position, navigating and timing data; and Jim Coward, for a supercontinuum laser source for shipboard protection.
MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) has tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are connected to one another. Together they form a flexible floating island that can be as large as 1 to 5 km in cross-section.
Floating mega islands offer future-proof living and working space at sea for: developing, generating, storing and maintaining sustainable energy (offshore wind, tidal energy, wave energy and floating solar panels); loading and trans-shipping cargo in coastal areas where there is little infrastructure; cultivating food, such as seaweed and fish; and building houses and recreation close to the water.
Sixty-five teams from 17 countries participated in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s international underwater robotics competition. Top honors in the Explorer (advanced) class went to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from Hong Kong, while Watsonville Firefighters’ Seal Team 1272 from Aptos, California, captured first place in the Ranger (intermediate) class.
During the event, held June 23 to 25 in the Viking Aquatics pool at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, student teams competed using ROVs that they designed and brought to life.
This year’s ROV competition highlighted the role ROVs play in securing the health and safety of today’s seaports. Participants were also encouraged to think about how this technology may influence the port cities of the future. During the competition, students operated their ROVs to handle tasks such as locating containers that had fallen off a cargo ship, constructing an underwater tunnel, and cleaning up contaminated sediment.
If you’re going to be in Norfolk, Virginia, July 19 to 21, check out the MTS TechSurge on Marine Propulsion and Design: Inspirations from Nature. It will be a workshop with breakout sessions.
For more info, contact Kevyan Ann Sly at 202-827-7171 or email@example.com.
The biannual International Submarine Races began June 25 and run through June 30 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division in Bethesda, Maryland. This is the 14th time this event is taking place.
High-school and university student teams come together at Carderock’s model basin to put their human-powered subs to the test. Teams come from around the world.
Sea Technology visited the races Thursday afternoon and walked into a scene at the basin with a big crowd of spectators looking on and cheering as participants in scuba gear got ready with their subs in the water.
Awards will be given for overall performance (comes with $1,000), absolute speed, fastest speed by category, innovation and best design outline. A Smooth Operator Award and Best Spirit of the Races Award will also be given.
A full report on ISR 2017 will run in the September issue of ST.
At the upcoming Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo–to be held in Washington, D.C., July 20 to 21–Chief of Naval Research (CNR) RAdm. David Hahn will announce a new strategic direction for the Navy’s science and technology and research and development programs.
As adversaries move quickly to advance their technological capabilities, Hahn’s vision supports Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who has said the pace of technology development and delivery in the United States Navy and Marine Corps must accelerate in order to maintain the technological edge for U.S. warfighters.
Details of the CNR’s guidance will be unveiled to conference attendees via a widely anticipated new document on the way forward for naval research: “Naval Research and Development: A Framework for Accelerating to the Navy and Marine Corps after Next.”
Teledyne Marine is hosting its 2017 Photo Contest. All Teledyne customers are invited to submit photos of Teledyne products in action. The winner will receive a pair of Bose wireless headphones. Three honorable mentions will receive $50 Visa gift cards.
Deadline is June 30.
Learn more here.
We recently linked to a story about seven people being charged with stealing trade secrets in syntactic foam.
Our source speculated that CBM International Inc. (CBMI) in Texas was the company involved in the controversy, which was confirmed by a Law360 story.
According to Law360, a Chinese national recruited Shan Shi, who is among those charged, to form CBMI.
An affidavit says that CBMI hired several employees from Trelleborg in 2015 and had them share trade secrets. Backed by $2.2 million from its parent company, known as CBMF, CBMI stole models, ingredient lists and spreadsheets full of data and formulas that allowed it to build its own factory in China and produce and market a syntactic foam component much cheaper than Trelleborg could–which CBMI then offered to sell to Trelleborg.