TX Ship at DSEI

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Steller Systems was pleased to welcome so many distinguished guests to our stand at DSEI 2019, including valued customers, partners and suppliers. 

Many of our visitors were interested in TX Ship, the ground-breaking multi-role design developed in partnership with Thales.  The vessel, which was officially launched at the start of the week, is designed to operate unmanned, but with the intention of operating as a lean-manned vessel in the first instance. 

Thanks to our partners at Digital Catapult, visitors to our stand were able to virtually ‘walk through’ the ship using VR technology, to see how the ship has been designed to “transition” from a 15-crew lean-manned vessel to fully unmanned, as confidence in unmanned operations increases.

Many thanks to all that visited our stand; if you weren’t able to visit us and would like to hear more about TX Ship, or how Steller Systems can support your programmes with naval architecture, marine engineering and systems engineering support, then please contact us

Explore TX Ship at DSEI 2019

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Visitors to DSEI 2019, the world-leading defence and security event taking place this week in London, have been exploring our innovative design for TX Ship, developed in partnership with Thales.  The design, which was officially launched at DSEI’s Maritime Capability Conference on Monday, is designed to operate unmanned, but with the intention of operating as a lean-manned vessel in the first instance.  Successful and continued operation of TX Ship will allow confidence in the platform to be gained, allowing navies to eventually “transition” to an unmanned regime. 

Visitors to Steller Systems’ stand are able to visualise the vessel using Virtual Reality technology, thanks to our partner Digital Catapult which has helped bring the design to life. 

TX Ship is a fully sensorised, multi-role trimaran, capable of operating at reach, alone or as part of a task group. The ship possesses an unusual high capacity, fully-automated mission bay capable of hosting and deploying a large number, and multiple types, of manned or unmanned mission packages. 

Please visit Steller Systems’ stand (N6-401) and Thales’ stand (S6-100) for more details, or to discuss how Steller Systems’ team of naval architects, marine engineers and systems engineers can support your programmes with innovative concept design, design-stage analysis and technical support to in-service vessels.

Steller Systems Signs Strategic Agreement With SeeByte

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Steller Systems has signed a strategic agreement with SeeByte to be its Autonomy partner for one of Steller Systems’ major projects to develop a highly innovative unmanned vessel.

SeeByte provides clients in the maritime sector with the most advanced software solutions to enhance the capabilities of their underwater sensors, vehicles and systems.

Speaking at DSEI, Steller Systems’ Managing Director Robert Skarda said:

“The signing of this MOU between Steller Systems and SeeByte reflects a major milestone in the development of Steller Systems’ unmanned vehicle project, as well as the growing importance of unmanned vessels to Naval Capability, Steller Systems and the industry as a whole.  We are excited about the possibilities for closer collaboration on  our  projects”.

2019 has seen an increase in unmanned vehicle work for the company, and this year Steller Systems has been at the forefront of their design as well as helping its clients understand the integration of these on to manned vessels, submarines and other systems.  In early 2019 the company secured its first contract with the Defence & Security Accelerator, run by the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in order to conduct tank testing of a highly innovative unmanned vessel concept.  Steller Systems’ team also has extensive experience of designing vessels for USVs, such as SPARTAN, our concept design for a light Frigate.

Visitors to DSEI can meet Steller Systems’ Unmanned experts at stand N6-401 and SeeByte’s Autonomy experts at stand S9-151.

SeeByte’s CEO, Dr Robert Black, and Steller Systems’ MD, Robert Skarda, signing the MOU.

TX Ship: From Lean-Manned to Autonomous

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Steller Systems and Thales have launched their design for TX Ship, a ground-breaking vessel that will help navies transition to unmanned operations.  The design, which was officially unveiled at the Maritime Capability Conference at DSEI 2019 on Monday, is designed to operate unmanned, but with the intention of operating as a lean-manned vessel with 15 crew in the first instance.  Successful and continued operation of TX Ship will give forward thinking navies a clear route to gain confidence in, and to move towards, fully unmanned autonomous naval operations in a cost-effective manner.

TX Ship is a fully sensorised multi-role trimaran, capable of operating at reach, alone or as part of a task group.  The ship possesses an unusual high capacity, fully-automated mission bay capable of hosting and deploying a large number, and multiple types, of manned or unmanned mission packages.  The stern access and moon pool features enable flexible and covert deployment of a wide range of current and future unmanned aerial, surface and subsurface vessels. At a length of 70m and 750 tonne displacement, TX Ship has a top speed of 30 knots, a design cruise speed of 18 knots, a range of 6000nm and an endurance of 20 days (manned) or 40 days (unmanned).

The vessel has been designed to be a multi-role platform, including Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), strategic Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and patrol. 

Visitors to DSEI can meet the design team and find out more at Steller Systems’ stand (N6-401) and Thales’ stand (S6-100).  DSEI, the world’s largest defence and security trade show, takes place at ExCeL London from now until 13th September 2019. 

Steller Systems provides naval architecture and marine engineering services to the defence and commercial sectors at all stages of a vessel’s life cycle.

Steller Systems Welcomes Rob Sime & Tim Breakspear

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Steller Systems is pleased to welcome to the team Tim Breakspear as Chief Systems Engineer and Rob Sime as a Principal Naval Architect.

Tim joins us from Dyson and has a broad range of experience across the defence sector, having worked as a systems engineer for Ultra Electronics, MBDA and GE Aviation.  Tim will lead our systems engineering offering, initially supporting our existing contracts in the submarine and unmanned vehicle sectors.  Tim will be based at our head office in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Rob joins us from BMT where he was Senior Naval Architect.  Rob has experience in the design, engineering, development, testing and optimisation of innovative high-speed craft for a wide range of projects across defence, oil and gas, commercial, yacht and renewable energy markets.  Rob will be based at our new office in Fareham, Hampshire.

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