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A Robotic Future

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John C. O’Malley rebounds with cautious optimism.

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Gregory R. Trauthwein and below the world’s waters are helping to transform the way we work in the defense, offshore energy and scienti? c sectors.

Contributing Writers

Looking at robotics in defense is Edward Lundquist with a pair of stories in this edi-

Justin Manley, U.S. tion. The ? rst, starting on page 16, looks at the NATO CMRE in La Spezia, Italy, and the

Elaine Maslin, Aberdeen

Tom Mulligan, Ireland

Minehunting UUV for Shallow Water Covert Littoral Expeditions (MUSCLE) experimen-

Claudio Paschoa, Brazil

William Stoichevski, Oslo tal platform. This story is followed by a one-on-one interview with Dr. Catherin Warner,

Director of the NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), start-

Production Manager ing on page 40.

Irina Vasilets

While the defense industry is a traditional leader (and funder) of work in this regard, the offshore energy sector, which has endured a ? ve-year downturn and just now seems

Production & Graphic Design poised to regain its ? nancial footing, has embraced automated solutions that help to drive

Nicole Ventimiglia down the costs of subsea energy exploration and production. To that end, starting on page 28 Justin Manley explores the growing use of robotics in inspection, repair & maintenance

Corporate Staff (IMR). On page 34 we invite you to ‘Go over the Horizon’ with Elaine Maslin, as she takes

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Mark O’Malley an insightful look at a project BP has been running, using USVs to help reduce emissions, costs and risks.


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