Cellula Robotics has confirmed that the company’s Solus-XR XLUUV (Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle) has officially embarked on its highly anticipated sea trials, signifying a crucial advancement in the company’s development of its long range hydrogen fuel cell powered autonomous underwater systems.
Building upon the foundation of Cellula’s preceding innovation, Solus-LR, the Solus-XR XLUUV has been designed to attain unparalleled operational ranges of up to 5000 kilometers. Through its port-to-port mission capability, Solus-XR removes the necessity for auxiliary support vessels, thus facilitating access to challenging and remote locations frequently encountered in Arctic sub-ice missions. Beyond the elimination of environmentally taxing high-emission support vessels, the cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology developed by Cellula empowers the system to engage in sustainable operations, ensuring minimal ecological footprint.
The initial sea trials are designed to evaluate surface performance and autonomy, offering a valuable opportunity to assess the vehicle’s capabilities in the dynamic context of real-world maritime conditions.
Looking ahead, Cellula Robotics Ltd has planned demonstration missions for 2024, a pivotal step in showcasing the full spectrum of the Solus-XR XLUUV’s capabilities in real-world scenarios. Cellula intends for these missions to underscore the vehicle’s potential to redefine underwater security and operations and to solidify its place as a game-changing technology.
Adrian Woodroffe, Director of Business Development at Cellula, commented: “This momentous achievement is a testament to Cellula’s enduring commitment to innovation and excellence. Through strategic partnerships and tireless dedication, the company has transformed a vision into reality with the development of the Solus-XR XLUUV, a cutting-edge testament to the future of maritime security.”