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The OceanEyes project, led by Philon Engineering ApS, has received funding from the Danish government to further develop the patented navigation technology and associated sensing and communication platform for oceangoing surface operating UAVs.

Fig 1: Basic parts of the SDU prototype

The present technology readiness level (TRL) of the developed technology is TRL 3-4. The aim of the OceanEyes project is to raise the development level to TRL5-6 for further application specific development and commercialization.

The concept of navigation via internal displacement of center-of-gravity originated at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and is now further developed by Philon Engineering ApS. The base technology is patented.

Fig. 2: Principle of internal weight displacement

The main features and application of the autonomous OceanEyes UAV-platform can be summarized as:

  • Autonomous operation over large areas
  • Oceanographic surveying
  • Collection of surface data
  • Monitoring of specific areas with dedicated sensors
  • Fish-monitoring.
  • Listening posts for underwater activities, sensors, seismic surveys etc..
  • Communication relay platform between underwater systems / UAVs and surface vehicles and ships/satellites.
  • Meshed network operation for a fleet of buoys

The project is based in a technology invented by University of Southern Denmark. The principle is patented.

The project partners are:

The present OceanEyes project runs from 1. January 2024 to June 30. June 2026, where new technology and development projects are expected to start, with increased focus on commercialization. A new funding round is in the planning state and potential investors are welcome to inquire for possibilities.

Dr. Kasper M. Paasch
Philon Engineering ApS
Midtkobbel 10
6400 Sønderborg

Fig 3: Testing of the early SDU prototype at the coast in Southern Denmark