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It’s due to be launched early 2020. Depth rated to 300m, it is set to have a mini- mum altitude of 0.15 m, 50 m maximum altitude from its 25mm high and 55mm diminutive form factor.


Providing a communications link be- tween vehicles or assets is another new kid on the block – Hydromea. The ? rm’s founders, Felix Schill (CTO) and Alexan- der Bahr (COO), had started out design- ing a swarm of miniature AUVs back in 2003. After going their separate ways – one to do a PhD at MIT in underwater navigation and the other one to do a PhD in underwater mesh network communica- tion at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, they came togeth- er at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de

Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland where they started working together again on miniature AUVs.

But, while trying to build them, they realized that they couldn’t ? nd small

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