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MTRMTR 100 100The Case: The Case: This year, the US Navy used the BlueÞ n-21 for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote and very deep area of the Indian Ocean. The AUV was launched 25 times in order to collect over 850 sq. km of seaß oor imagery. As a result, authorities successfully discounted the area as the Þ nal resting place of those on-board. Company ProÞ le: BlueÞ n Robotics, a Battelle Company, develops, builds, and operates Autono- mous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), subsea batteries, and related technolo-gies for defense, commercial, and sci-entiÞ c customers worldwide. It offers a full range of modular, free-ß ooded AUV platforms having designed in more than 50 different conÞ gurations. The BlueÞ n team brings a unique set of skills includ-ing hard-won expertise in the applica- tion of advanced materials, systems, and technologies to real-life operating condi-tions. It offers research and development capabilities, technology integration, full-scale manufacturing facilities, test and evaluation infrastructure, and cus- tomer support functions from training and marine operations to logistics and full life-cycle support. Headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, BlueÞ nÕs 55,000-sq. ft. facility houses three ß oors of engineering, manufacturing, marine operations, and corporate administrative functions. With ample space for equip- ment and direct ocean access, it is able to design, build and test our systems all in a single location allowing our team to work efÞ ciently and effectively. No oth- er provider has our depth and breadth of expertise and resources dedicated exclu- sively to AUV development and produc- tion. BlueÞ n Robotics spun-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. In 2005, the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle and in 2013 expanded its autonomous capability portfolio with the acquisition of SeeByte of Edinburgh. BlueÞ nÕs product line includes the new modular BlueÞ n-9, the mid-size BlueÞ n-12, and the BlueÞ n-21 most re- cently used by the US Navy to search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. BlueÞ n AUVs can be equipped with a variety of state- of-the-art payloads, collision avoidance, pipeline tracking capabilities, and Wit- ness, BlueÞ nÕs new communications and visualization add-on used for view- ing imagery while underway. BlueÞ n subsea powerÕs power portfolio includes the production of over 500 batteries for both AUV and non-AUV applications. Noteworthy Defense Programs:  SMCM UUV - Knife sh is a special- ized Blue n-21 for the mine counter- measures mission package for littoral combat ships Next generation counter measures - This expendable UUV is a small-diam- eter vehicle customized speci cally for torpedo defense SHARK ASW System ? SHARK AUV is a ground-breaking anti-submarine war- fare concept for the DARPA/DASH Pro- gram, leveraging Blue n?s deep ocean technologies for persistent presence  Proteus - this hybrid swimmer deliv- ery/AUV platform introduces game- changing conops to subsea warfare  HAUV-N - HAUV with a manipulator arm that serves as a mine identi cation and neutralization capability for use in explosive ordnance disposal. 553 South Street, Quincy, MA 02169 553 South Street, Quincy, MA 02169 T: 617 715 7080 T: 617 715 7080 E: dtalbot@blue Þ E: dtalbot@blue Þ W: Þ W: Þ President: David P. Kelly President: David P. Kelly No. of Employees: 200 No. of Employees: 200 Blue n Robotics David P. Kelly Marine Technology Reporter MTR #6 (18-33).indd 29MTR #6 (18-33).indd 297/31/2014 9:55:21 AM7/31/2014 9:55:21 AM

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