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C-Enduro: A boat that goes the distance - success story

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) has been building a business in unmanned marine systems for defence and oil and gas customers since 2010. But it wasn't until it entered aSmall Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run by the National Oceanography Centre and supported by the Technology Strategy Board that it found a way to move into the market for oceanographic research.

Now the Portsmouth-based company is taking orders for the C-Enduro unmanned surface vehicle developed as a result of the competition. 

SBRI is a Technology Strategy Board supported process that connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry. In September 2012, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)* used it to launch a competition to find long-endurance marine unmanned surface vehicles (LEMUSV) which could use both existing and new sensor technology to gather data from the oceans for several months at a time. The vehicles also had to be capable of covering up to 100 nautical miles at a time. 
The competition's co-funders were the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Technology Strategy Board and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
"We were struggling to break into oceanography so when the SBRI competition came along we decided to go for it," said Dan Hook, Managing Director of ASV.

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