MDA partners with Open Ocean Robotics through LaunchPad collaboration
July 14, 2022
Autonomous boats provide ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ for more complete maritime domain awareness
Julie and Colin Angus, co-founders of Victoria-based Open Ocean Robotics, came up with the idea of an autonomous boat back in 2005. At the time, the newly engaged couple was in the middle of a five-month attempt to row from mainland Europe to North America, a global first, when they and their small plywood rowboat were caught up in a hurricane. They had to battle their way through 50-foot waves for three days. “The advantages of using an uncrewed vessel to explore and report on the ocean environment became… very clear to us,” laughs Julie.