By David Hambling

Uncrewed vessel

The Bluebottle uncrewed vessels can run autonomously at sea

Ocius Innovation

Australia is releasing a fleet of uncrewed robot boats to patrol its waters and keep an eye on weather and wildlife. They will likewise flag boats potentially transporting asylum seekers, a strategy that has actually concerned human rights groups.

The 5-metre-long vessels, known as Bluebottles after an Australian jellyfish, look like miniature cruising private yachts. They utilize a mix of wind, wave and solar energy to keep a steady 5-knot speed in all conditions.

Sydney-based Ocius Innovation delivered the prototype in 2017 and Australia’s Department of Defence has now granted an AU$ 5.5 million (₤ 3m) …

Post modified on
3 August2020

We corrected the name of Australia’s Department of Defence.

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