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Australia will use robotic boats to uncover asylum seekers at sea


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Australia will use robotic boats to uncover asylum seekers at sea

By David Hambling The Bluebottle uncrewed vessels can operate autonomously at seaOcius TechnologyAustralia is deploying a fleet of uncrewed robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife. They will also flag boats potentially transporting asylum seekers, a plan that has concerned human rights groups. The 5-metre-long vessels, known as Bluebottles after an…

Australia will use robotic boats to uncover asylum seekers at sea

By David Hambling

Uncrewed vessel

The Bluebottle uncrewed vessels can work autonomously at sea

Ocius Technology

Australia is deploying a fleet of uncrewed robotic boats to patrol its waters and check weather conditions and wildlife. They will also flag boats likely transporting asylum seekers, a system that has involved human legal rights teams.

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The 5-metre-very long vessels, recognised as Bluebottles soon after an Australian jellyfish, search like miniature sailing yachts. They use a blend of wind, wave and photo voltaic electricity to sustain a continuous five-knot velocity in all conditions.

Sydney-based Ocius Engineering shipped the prototype in 2017 and Australia’s Ministry of Defence has now awarded an AU$five.5 million (£3m) …

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