H-Scientific Ltd working in conjunction with the WAM-V 16’ (Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel- 16-foot catamaran) from Marine Advanced Research Inc. (MAR) demonstrated mission planning, collision avoidance and sonar deployment in a recent sea trial in the UK.

Over the course of five days, H-Scientific Ltd demonstrated the control of the WAM-V in various sea states up to Wind Force 3.  The vessel was used as a technology demonstrator for collision avoidance, navigation for survey purposes, sidescan sonar deployment, power management and remote communications.


Dr. Henry Robinson commented ‘This is a unique vessel and our (HSL’s) electronics system engineering provided us with another opportunity to demonstrate the adaptability of the SPECTRE control system, we were very satisfied with its performance, it maintained a very low cross track error suitable for autonomous surveying’.

Commenting on the development process, Dr. Robinson also stated ‘Every vessel has its own unique challenges. Our process of simulation, electronic system engineering, and sea trialling provides us with a unique advantage of speed to market.  In the case of WAM-V we are able to offer the control and navigation electronics, power management and UHF and Satellite communications’.

H-Scientific Ltd is a market leading technology provider to the autonomous marine market. HSL provides ShipSim (Vessel simulators), SPECTRE and Micro-SPECTRE autopilots, PMM (Power Management Module) and many other electronic modules for autonomous vessels.

The Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) is an innovative class of watercraft (both autonomous and manned) using unique suspension technology to radically improve seagoing capabilities. The articulating system uses springs, shocks and ball joints to minimize structural loading. The result is an ULTRA-LIGHT, MODULAR vessel that can perform in sea conditions where an ordinary boat of similar size could no longer operate.


The demonstration boat was fitted with the following electronics:

•    H-Scientific Ltd – designed electronics

·         PMM – Power Management Module

·         SPECTRE 2 - Autopilot

·         Torqeedo twin-engine adapter

·         Data Logger

·         UHF modem interface

·         Iridium Sat communication interface

·         Differential actuator drive

·         Joystick and Joystick Modem


•    Simrad – 4G radar

•    Garmin - GPS

•    AIS - Raymarine

•    Torqeedo – Cruise 2000 - Electric outboard motors.



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Role Summary

- Working with a dynamic team that takes ideas from concept to developed products in a fast-moving marine autonomous market

- Ideal candidate will be multi-disciplined with a solid background in embedded firmware development but also an understanding the overall electronics integration of marine sensors, systems, ideally in a commercial environment.

- Working in a small team of creative and focused engineers to deliver solutions to the end customers, ensuring high quality and robust designs for a tough autonomous marine market place.


Details of the role

Job Title:             Senior Electronic/Software Engineer


Talented engineer required for small dynamic company working on exciting autonomous marine electronics projects including control, communication and management of autonomous surface and underwater crafts.

The successful candidate will be a theorist with a practical focus on delivery - able to relate theory to practice in a close-knit team and will have a desire to be involved in design from concept to client delivery.

An understanding of embedded systems from both a hardware and firmware. Additionally, the candidate should be creative and technical proficient to understand data produced by a range of environmental sensors (such as Radar, AIS, Cameras) and an ability to translate their outputs into a useable data format for applications such as collision avoidance. Data Extraction and Data Analysis are then used to identify the critical data required for each application.

You will need to be at least Degree qualified –typically in Electronic design, Maths or Physics related subjects.

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate experience of the following:

  • Embedded C and C Programming – ideal with Matlab, C++, QT
  • Electronic systems, which must include commercial electronic design experience
  • Data simulation and manipulation skills considered desirable.

This is an exciting role where you will be involved in all stages of development - including sea trials.

This is a friendly, committed and helpful group of people within a company that is expanding steadily.


If you meet the criteria for this role and would like to apply we would very much like to hear from you.

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A new 5m AutoNaut Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) bristling with state of the art sensors successfully tracked a submarine target autonomous underwater vehicle during the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 demonstrations off the Hebrides in October.  H-Scientific Ltd. (HSL) provided the electronics systems for vessel control, power management and communications.

Commander Peter Pipkin, Fleet Robotics Officer for UW16, comments: “I would like to congratulate all of you that made UW16 the resounding success that it was.  Your support and commitment enabled us to deliver the largest, most diverse demonstration of its kind and you have made it possible for us to maximise the opportunities throughout and ultimately to exceed all expectations.”

The AutoNaut detected and transmitted a range of useful information to the operational commanders, some of it in real-time, for dissemination into the wider operational picture. Data was obtained by leading defence technology sensors in collaboration with other UK companies:

  • H-Scientific Ltd – Navigation electronics, power management and communications
  • Seiche – Digital Thin Line Array for acoustic monitoring of sub-sea targets.
  • Teledyne Defence – Phobos Radar Threat Warner for detection of electronic signatures.
  • AutoNaut Ltd – 360° still and video camera for live images of surface threats
  • QinetiQ – 5GHz WiFi communications system for real-time data transmission
  • Xylem Analytics UK – YSI EXO2 Sonde for a range of oceanographic data
  • Gill Windsonic – for meteorological data

Recently released data showed the successful application of these sensors by the unique AutoNaut platform. David Maclean, Director at AutoNaut Ltd said: “The Unmanned Warrior exercise was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our capabilities to NATO Navies in a simulated operational environment; we deployed our state of the art sensor payloads to successfully track targets under and on the surface of the sea.” 

The Joint Warrior exercise, with which UW16 was integrated, involved a number of NATO navies in a range of themes over a two week period. AutoNaut ‘Islay’ was deployed off Stornoway as part of the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) theme which included operating with a submarine ‘target’ autonomous underwater vehicle.  Islay also collected valuable data for the ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) and GeoInt (geospatial intelligence) themes. Some 66,000 packets of data provided valuable information on meteorological and oceanographic conditions, including: conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, crude oil and chlorophyll.

Dr. Henry Robinson, HSLs founder comments: “Working closely with the designers of the new 5m Autonaut boat allowed us to integrate the electronics package in the most efficient way. By supplying a complete system solution we were able to supply a reliable and robust navigational package. Both the communication and power management packages are increasingly important in the design of USV’s and we were happy to supply those also”

AutoNaut Islay – packed with H-Scientific Ltd navigation, power management and communication electronics

The Unmanned Warrior exercise is run by the Royal Navy and is an exciting opportunity for engineers and scientists to demonstrate state of the art technology. Unmanned Warrior is the biggest exercise of its kind and will explore the ideas that will help shape the future of Naval Warfare for decades to come.


The Unmanned Warrior exercise Logo. Image credit: Royal Navy

H-Scientific Ltd (HSL) forecasts best sales year in its 20-year history – driven by the increase in Autonomous vehicle design and development worldwide.

H-Scientific Ltd (HSL), a leading supplier in control and communication systems for autonomous vessels continues to be a preferred development partner and technology provider to numerous vessel designers.

In the last six months HSL have undertaken the system design and integration of complete navigational control, communication and power management electronics on over four different autonomous vessels types, including Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV).

The founder, Dr Henry Robinson, commented ‘We aim to work in an inclusive and collaborative way with vessel design teams. Over the years, we have worked with many vehicle types, with differing drive technologies, propulsion systems, power systems and communication needs amassing vast experience. The earlier we are involved in the design, and utilise this experience, the more efficient we can make the design and the faster we help the teams undertake their missions’

The design time, from the concept stage to the first sea trials, has also been reduced through the use of HSLs Vessel Simulators, Ship Sim 3 and AUV/ROV Sim 3. Dr Robinson stated, ‘Our Simulators have a proven track record in reducing the time to market. We can create vessel geometry, propulsion systems, hydrodynamics and the environment, allowing us to test and refine the vessel before we incur any expensive stages of the process, reducing the development cost and the time to market’

As a result of this increased business HSL are expecting to have their best sales year, in their 20-year history.



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H-Scientific Ltd (HSL) offer a low cost method of vessel testing re: ShipSim and AUVsim

H Scientific ltd (HSL) are one of the leaders in the field of ship simulation.  It supported the development, testing and accreditation of the ship control systems with the world's only off-the-shelf marine simulator supporting the ISO11674, ISO16329 and IEC62065 standards for heading and track control systems. H Scientific authored the IEC62065 mathematical model.

HSL now offer both a ShipSim and AUVSim which allows autopilot and vessel designers the ability to simulate the vessel control and dynamics prior to committing to expensive sea trials. Both simulators have a strong track record in helping to accelerated development and keeping the cost down.

HSL’s founder, Dr Henry Robinson, states ‘..with an increase in the number of autonomous vessels being designed and the increased cost of sea trials and the resultant delays in the time to market, we offer a cost effective aid to the design process, it’s a proven way to optimise the design’

Existing customers of ShipSim version 2 or lower are now being offered a discount for upgrading to the newer ShipSim3 which has increased functionality and speed. To see more details click on ShipSim 3 


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Effective use of satellite communication for autonomous vessels

H-Scientific Ltd (HSL), a market leader in marine autonomous control and communications electronics, have provided multiple customers with a unique and low cost solution for keeping the costs of sending data from autonomous vessels to the control centre down.

Dr. Henry Robinson, the company founder commented ‘we understand that valuable ‘smart’ data collection is the goal of most autonomous missions, remote access to that data and determining its quality is key to the mission success. Therefore working with Iridium, RUDICS system we first determine, with the help of the customer, what constitutes good data and only transmits this data at the same time allowing the customer to escalate the data density and coverage’.

Approaching the problem this way ensures the costs are kept to a minimum whilst quality and integrity are maintained.


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Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks Phase 1. H Scientific formed part of a consortium working on the SBRI AAOSN Feasibility Study, funded by SBRI and NOC. H Scientific provided a communications system linked to an array of simulators which were remotely controlled over the internet by our project collaborators. The simulators predicted the performance of a fleet of Autonaut surface vessels and Slocum underwater gliders. This was used by our project collaborators to test and optimise adaptive re-tasking mission control algorithms; Phase 1 of the project was concluded with a successful system demonstration to the project sponsors at the end of March 2015.

A Chinese University placed an order for a Sim-In-A-Box system; this is a development system which comprises the MicroSPECTRE controller card, RCW operator interface software and AUVSim to simulate the behaviour of a controlled underwater vessel.

A long standing client in the Far East placed an order for 3 autopilot systems for delivery to a Naval customer.

H Scientific fitted a MicroSPECTRE autopilot to a lightweight surface craft for the UK MOD. Sea trials in Horsea lake were carried out successfully in September 2014, and the system has proved itself itself conducting high precision hydrographic surveys at sea. A further contract to fit an autopilot to a catamaran has been received.