Advanced Navigation, a leading developer of artificial intelligence (AI) for robotic and navigation technologies, has opened a new state-of-the-art robotics facility for autonomous systems in Botany, New South Wales, Australia. The facility aims to scale up the production of Advanced Navigation’s world-first AI navigation systems for GPS-denied environments, including its digital fibre-optic gyroscope (DFOG) technology, Boreas.
One of only four companies in the world with the capability to manufacture strategic grade fibre-optic gyroscopes, Advanced Navigation empowers reliable navigation for a range of applications such as marine vessels, space missions, aerospace, defense, autonomous vehicles, and flying taxis. The company employs unique AI-based physics algorithms to solve complex challenges on Earth and beyond.
The CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation, Xavier Orr, emphasized the need to improve Australia’s economic complexity and sovereign capabilities. By building industrial capacity in high-tech and fostering collaborations between government agencies, academic institutions, and industry leaders, Advanced Navigation aims to strengthen the country’s sovereign capabilities.
The facility adopts a vertical integration framework and is equipped with advanced automated manufacturing equipment and processes, utilizing machine learning. This ensures the delivery of reliable, durable, and high-quality navigation systems that meet the non-negotiable requirements of precision and reliability for autonomous systems.
In addition to manufacturing, the facility will serve as a hub for research collaborations between Advanced Navigation and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). These collaborations aim to expedite the commercialization of various socially impactful technologies, including a LiDAV system for precise lunar landing procedures, a cloud-based solution for remote command and control of uncrewed vehicles, and an indoor positioning technology for guiding visually impaired passengers in underground train stations.
The collaboration between UTS and Advanced Navigation highlights the commitment to developing sovereign capabilities in defense and space. It brings together UTS’s global research leaders in autonomous systems technology and Advanced Navigation’s exceptional team of scientists and engineers.
By driving rapid growth in Australia’s STEM industry, the robotics facility contributes to the government’s ongoing effort to build a strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. It is expected to create employment opportunities in fields such as robotics, manufacturing, photonics, mechatronics, and mechanical engineering.
Chris Shaw, CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation, expressed excitement about the facility’s role in accelerating the autonomy revolution and commercializing technologies that address humanity’s biggest challenges. With a focus on research and discovery, Advanced Navigation aims to extend human capabilities and build a resilient and sustainable future.
– Advanced Navigation unveils robotics facility for autonomous systems at UTS Tech Lab (https://www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/news/business-people/advanced-navigation-unveils-robotics-facility-for-autonomous-systems-at-uts-tech-lab)
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