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Unmanned boats and submarines will travel 500km (300 miles) across an area off the southwestern tip of the UK.

The aim is to test new technologies and to map marine life in a key fishing ground.

In total, seven autonomous machines are being released in a trial heralded as a new era of robotic research at sea.

Two of the craft are innovative British devices that are designed to operate for months using renewable sources of power including wind and wave energy.

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Initially focussing on C-Enduro, a long endurance autonomous surface vehicle, Planet Ocean will be working alongside the ASV team to provide standard and customised payloads for marine science missions.

The C-Enduro concept was developed under a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) led by NOC and co-funded by National Environment Research Council (NERC), NOC’s parent body, with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL).

Part of the project consortium Hyperdrive Innovation has successfully designed and built the powertrain and integrated on-board electronic systems, powered by solar and wind renewables, for the first two vessels in operation.

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Read more about the Technology Strategy Board and Natural Environment Research Council project here.