Mission Systems at MIT – Ten Years On

Many thanks to my hosts Dr Mike Benjamin and Prof. Henrik Schmidt for arranging a seminar and discussion at the Center for Ocean Engineering at MIT during my recent visit to the US. It was both exciting and humbling to present on recent developments at Mission Systems in Australia in front of so many new students and interns. The ensuing discussion was a time to reflect on how much has changed in maritime robotics – and why much of what we did in the beginning, like the payload autonomy paradigm, remains central to the field.

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Contract

Mission Systems is pleased to announce its participation in a $249,524 Phase 1 contract to supply the Australian Army with its next-generation Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS). As a member of a consortium led by the University of Sydney, Mission Systems has proposed to integrate its revolutionary tinySAR — the world’s smallest synthetic aperture radar — to enhance the situational awareness  and surveillance capabilities of Australian soldiers. Further details of the announcement are available here: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2018/04/12/university-of-sydney-engineers-to-enhance-defence-capability.html

Trusted Autonomous Systems CRC

Today, the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced the formation of the first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems with Mission Systems selected as an inaugural partner. The team at Mission Systems look forward to applying their unique expertise and capabilities to enhancing the autonomous capability of the ADF. Further details of the announcement are available here: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/christopher-pyne/media-releases/first-defence-cooperative-research-centre-formed