The European Space Agency (ESA) and Rolls-Royce have signed a co-operation agreement to examine ways in which space and satellite technology can be exploited to help develop autonomous and remotely controlled ships.
Self-directed or remote-controlled ships will have less room for human error and smaller crews will be able to concentrate on other tasks.
© Sofokleousin.gr «Smart» ships are preparing ESA and Rolls-Royce
The aim of the agreement is mainly to make use of European satellites to interconnect ‘smart’ ships and navigate them from their computers on their deck or at a remote offshore control center.
The new land-based and satellite services (ship-to-shore) will take advantage of ESA’s “Satellite for 5G” (S45G) initiative to develop integrated satellite and land-based telecommunication and fifth generation networks for shipping, and other sectors.
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