Steller Systems Awarded Contract to Build Scale Demonstrator of Unique Unmanned Vessel

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Steller Systems has been awarded a contract from Future Commando Force, through the MOD’s Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA), to build a scale, functioning demonstrator of its ground-breaking unmanned maritime vessel design. 

The full-sized autonomous platform, WRAITH, will provide significantly enhanced flexibility and capability for maritime forces.  Building on previous development conducted under DASA funding, Steller Systems’ team of naval architects and marine engineers will design and build a demonstrator to be used to test and validate the platform’s capabilities and its unique CONOPS in order to demonstrate the platform’s wide utility to UK Defence.

The Defence & Security Accelerator, part of the Ministry of Defence, finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK Defence and security quickly and effectively.


Friday, March 20th, 2020

Steller Systems is continuing to operate normally during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our team of naval architects, marine engineers and structural engineers continue to support our valued customers at this difficult time in accordance with government guidance. Please contact us as normal on 01453 707717 or on if we can be of any assistance.

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.

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