Robotic Exploration of our Oceans

Welcome to Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations (MASSMO).

MASSMO is a pioneering multi-partner series of trials and demonstrator missions that aim to explore the UK seas using a fleet of innovative marine robots. With newly developed unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and submarine gliders, the multi-phase project has successfully completed the largest single deployment of marine autonomous systems ever seen in the UK. These field trials are providing valuable insight into UK seas and the marine life they support, gathering environmental data, and feeding back vital information on how the different vehicles perform separately and together in preparation for future scientific applications.

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Today begins phase three of the Exploring Ocean Fronts project, which is the latest in a series of ambitious marine robotic vehicle trials off the UK coast. This new phase will see the National...
The second phase of an ambitious project to gather valuable information on ocean processes and marine life using a fleet of innovative marine robots has just reached its conclusion. Co-ordinated by...
Three unmanned surface vehicles have been operating south of Plymouth this week in an exciting trial designed to test their ability to track tagged fish. These new robotic vehicles, which are part of...
Three marine ‘robot’ vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The aim is to learn how fish use these areas...

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