Kraków startup devises underwater vehicles inspired by STINGRAYS to research seabed

The rapidly expanding company foresees the uses of the technology across several sectors including Oil and Gas, Off-shore, Ocean Aquaculture and the Scientific sector.

A Kraków start-up is leading the way in the development of ocean ecosystem monitoring with underwater devices inspired by the shape and movement of stingrays.

Working with the Polish Academy of Sciences, the fish-shaped unmanned underwater vehicles from Noa Marine will be able to autonomously collect chemical, acoustic, geological and visual data without human intervention for periods of up to six months.

Noa Marine’s Chief Engineer and CEO Michał Latacz told Radio Poland: “The construction of these ‘digital stingrays’ was inspired by what appears in nature. In our devices we utilized so called wave drive propulsion modelled on the bodily construction of cephalopods and squid.”

The rapidly expanding company foresees the uses of the technology across several sectors including Oil and Gas, Off-shore, Ocean Aquaculture and the Scientific sector, whilst their aim in the upcoming future is to take part in the digital transformation of the Baltic and North Seas and produce a full digital picture of the seas, accounting for data on its physical and chemical composition, the flora and fauna as well as levels of pollution.

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