11/23/2020 – 15:34pm
Ocean Aero, Inc. was in Gulfport, Miss. November 4, 2020 delivering the first Triton
autonomous maritime vehicle to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Marine
Research Center (MRC). Ocean Aero is manufacturing six Triton systems for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for research and testing to support maritime protection and law enforcement operations.
Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, LLC (CNSP) is the prime contractor to DHS S&T
responsible for acquiring the Triton test systems and designing the logistics management
process for evaluating, testing and sustaining the vehicles.
The successful delivery of the first Triton system is a major project accomplishment.
Since the system was ordered in early 2020, the Ocean Aero team was able to maintain
the production and testing schedule while meeting all COVID-19 safety requirements
during manufacturing and delivery. By meeting the first delivery goal in early November.
The project stays on schedule with a new Triton unit coming off of the production
line every month until the DHS S&T order of six systems is fulfilled in early 2021.
“We’re thrilled to be able to meet the first of many milestones on schedule and with
the quality that everyone in this project expects to see. We look forward to continued
partnership with DHS S&T, USM, CNSP and the rest of the community as we deliver the
remaining vehicles and build out platform capabilities for a range of critical mission
sets,” said Bill Burns, CTO at Ocean Aero, Inc.
The Triton autonomous maritime vehicle is a hybrid, dual-modality system that is environmentally
powered – wind and solar charge the batteries. The Triton offers long endurance, a
low threshold of detection, and precision navigation in both surface and subsurface
operations. The system is payload agnostic with integrated autonomy for navigation
to provide an off-the-shelf capability for a wide range of users with diverse mission
The research team of CNSP, USM, and Ocean Aero designed an Acceptance Test Plan to
validate the delivery of the Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) product. This plan used
the unique resources of the USM MRC to access testing areas around the Port of Gulfport
to put the Triton system through a series of test cases that exercised each of the
baseline capabilities of the vehicle. USM facilities provided an ideal location for
demonstrating the surface and subsurface features of the Triton system, while also
allowing the government team and data collection staff the chance to observe the tests
while maintaining proper COVID-19 distancing. “We are off to an excellent start to
utilize the Ocean Aero Triton system for development of integrated sensor payloads
for a wide variety of applications,” said Rich Delgado, coordinator of USM’s autonomous
maritime systems programs.
The CNSP team brings a long history of test and evaluation of unmanned systems technologies
across multiple domains. It was exciting to see the Triton system perform so well
and accomplish all of the acceptance tests on the first day…