Amy Potter Joins the Team

Monday, January 4th, 2021

This week Steller Systems welcomes the newest member of our team, Amy Potter. Amy is a Graduate Naval Architect and joins us from Newcastle University where she achieved a First Class degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture.

Amy joins Steller Systems at a busy time and will be supporting our projects in the surface ships and submarine domains, including the build of a scale demonstrator of one of Steller Systems’ unique unmanned vehicle designs.

Steller Systems Welcomes Andrew Fay

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Steller Systems is pleased to announce that Andrew Fay has joined the team as Principal Marine Engineer.

Andrew brings with him diverse experience of vessel design, construction and operation, from the defence, oil and gas and superyacht industries. Andrew will be supporting the growing team working on surface ship, submarine and unmanned vessel projects.

Due to increasing demand for our services, we are currently looking for naval architects, marine engineers and structural engineers to join our team. Steller Systems offers a varied and rewarding career for motivated individuals who relish a challenge. We are looking for team players with strong technical skills and an ability to communicate clearly. Please see our Careers page for more details.

Welcome to the team Andrew!

Steller Systems’ Staff Win Patron’s Award & Sir Donald Gosling Award at INEC 2020

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Congratulations to Steller Systems’ team who won two awards at this year’s International Naval Engineering Conference organised by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Rick Goddard & Harry Thompson were named winners of the prestigious Patron’s Award, alongside co-authors Steve Marshall (from the UK Ministry of Defence), James Schofield and David Menzies (from Survivability Consulting Limited).  Their paper, ‘A Novel Approach to the Analysis of Sinking Ships, Combining Vulnerability, Stability and Escape & Evacuation (E&E) Simulations’ presented an exciting new approach whereby E&E is modelled as a ship function in a survivability analysis, as well as newly-developed tools to conduct a combined analysis in a cost and time efficient manner.

William Edge and co-authors Kate Walsh (from Thales) & Colin Field (from Rolls-Royce) were awarded the third place Sir Donald Gosling Award for the best paper by authors under 36.  Their paper, ‘The Autonomous Machinery Design of TX Ship’, discusses the design practices that were required to maximise propulsion, power generation and marine systems availability on the Thales TX Ship concept when considering both lean manned and unmanned missions.

Steller Systems’ other paper, ‘Large Naval UUVs – Navigating Between Simple & Very Complex’ by Simon Binns, Kit Harris & George Payne, was also nominated for the Patron’s Award.

If you would like to join our innovative, high-quality team, please visit our careers page.

Congratulations to the team!

Steller Systems at INEC 2020

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Don’t miss Steller Systems’ presentations on the theme of Disruptive Technologies at this year’s International Naval Engineering Conference (INEC), which takes place online from 5th-9th October:

Simon Binns will be presenting ‘Large Naval UUVs – Navigating Between Simple and Very Complex’. The paper describes design challenges and a design methodology that applies light-touch SE principles to vehicle design development, illustrated by a design which provides a balance of cost, complexity, and capability.

William Edge will be presenting ‘The Autonomous Machinery Design of TX Ship’ alongside Thales and Rolls-Royce. The paper discusses the design practices that were required to maximise propulsion, power generation and marine systems availability on the Thales Tx Ship concept when considering both lean manned and unmanned missions.

Rick Goddard will be presenting ‘A Novel Approach to the Analysis of Sinking Ships, Combining Vulnerability, Stability and Escape & Evacuation (E&E) Simulations’ alongside the UK Ministry of Defence and Survivability Consulting Limited. The team presents a new approach whereby E&E is modelled as a ship function in a survivability analysis, and newly-developed tools that can be used to conduct a combined analysis in a cost and time efficient manner.

Steller Systems Welcomes Alex Pardoe to the Team

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Steller Systems is pleased to welcome Alex Pardoe to the team as a Graduate Naval Architect.  Alex is already well-known to us, having conducted a summer placement last year, where he impressed the team with his naval architecture skills, attitude and enthusiasm.

Alex joins us at a time of growth for the company.  Despite the industry-wide challenges of the last few months, Steller Systems has continued, uninterrupted, to provide naval architecture and marine engineering support to our growing range of customers.  In recent months Steller Systems has won major new contracts in both the surface and subsurface domains, as well as a contract to build a scale functioning demonstrator of our autonomous unmanned vessel WRAITH.

Due to increasing demand for our services, we are currently looking for naval architects, marine engineers and structural engineers to join our teams working in the surface ship, submarine and unmanned vehicle domains.  The roles will be based either in our Grade II listed offices located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold town of Nailsworth, or at our South Coast office in Fareham, Hampshire.

Steller Systems offers a varied, rewarding career for motivated individuals who relish a challenge.  We are looking for team players with strong technical skills and an ability to communicate clearly. Please see our Careers page for more details.

Steller Systems Awarded Contract to Build Scale Demonstrator of Unique Unmanned Vessel

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Steller Systems has been awarded a contract from Future Commando Force, through the MOD’s Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA), to build a scale, functioning demonstrator of its ground-breaking unmanned maritime vessel design. 

The full-sized autonomous platform, WRAITH, will provide significantly enhanced flexibility and capability for maritime forces.  Building on previous development conducted under DASA funding, Steller Systems’ team of naval architects and marine engineers will design and build a demonstrator to be used to test and validate the platform’s capabilities and its unique CONOPS in order to demonstrate the platform’s wide utility to UK Defence.

The Defence & Security Accelerator, part of the Ministry of Defence, finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK Defence and security quickly and effectively.

Coronavirus

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Steller Systems is continuing to operate normally during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our team of naval architects, marine engineers and structural engineers continue to support our valued customers at this difficult time in accordance with government guidance. Please contact us as normal on 01453 707717 or on enquiries@stellersystems.co.uk if we can be of any assistance.

TX Ship at DSEI

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Steller Systems was pleased to welcome so many distinguished guests to our stand at DSEI 2019, including valued customers, partners and suppliers. 

Many of our visitors were interested in TX Ship, the ground-breaking multi-role design developed in partnership with Thales.  The vessel, which was officially launched at the start of the week, is designed to operate unmanned, but with the intention of operating as a lean-manned vessel in the first instance. 

Thanks to our partners at Digital Catapult, visitors to our stand were able to virtually ‘walk through’ the ship using VR technology, to see how the ship has been designed to “transition” from a 15-crew lean-manned vessel to fully unmanned, as confidence in unmanned operations increases.

Many thanks to all that visited our stand; if you weren’t able to visit us and would like to hear more about TX Ship, or how Steller Systems can support your programmes with naval architecture, marine engineering and systems engineering support, then please contact us

Explore TX Ship at DSEI 2019

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Visitors to DSEI 2019, the world-leading defence and security event taking place this week in London, have been exploring our innovative design for TX Ship, developed in partnership with Thales.  The design, which was officially launched at DSEI’s Maritime Capability Conference on Monday, is designed to operate unmanned, but with the intention of operating as a lean-manned vessel in the first instance.  Successful and continued operation of TX Ship will allow confidence in the platform to be gained, allowing navies to eventually “transition” to an unmanned regime. 

Visitors to Steller Systems’ stand are able to visualise the vessel using Virtual Reality technology, thanks to our partner Digital Catapult which has helped bring the design to life. 

TX Ship is a fully sensorised, multi-role trimaran, capable of operating at reach, alone or as part of a task group. The ship possesses an unusual high capacity, fully-automated mission bay capable of hosting and deploying a large number, and multiple types, of manned or unmanned mission packages. 

Please visit Steller Systems’ stand (N6-401) and Thales’ stand (S6-100) for more details, or to discuss how Steller Systems’ team of naval architects, marine engineers and systems engineers can support your programmes with innovative concept design, design-stage analysis and technical support to in-service vessels.

Steller Systems Signs Strategic Agreement With SeeByte

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Steller Systems has signed a strategic agreement with SeeByte to be its Autonomy partner for one of Steller Systems’ major projects to develop a highly innovative unmanned vessel.

SeeByte provides clients in the maritime sector with the most advanced software solutions to enhance the capabilities of their underwater sensors, vehicles and systems.

Speaking at DSEI, Steller Systems’ Managing Director Robert Skarda said:

“The signing of this MOU between Steller Systems and SeeByte reflects a major milestone in the development of Steller Systems’ unmanned vehicle project, as well as the growing importance of unmanned vessels to Naval Capability, Steller Systems and the industry as a whole.  We are excited about the possibilities for closer collaboration on  our  projects”.

2019 has seen an increase in unmanned vehicle work for the company, and this year Steller Systems has been at the forefront of their design as well as helping its clients understand the integration of these on to manned vessels, submarines and other systems.  In early 2019 the company secured its first contract with the Defence & Security Accelerator, run by the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in order to conduct tank testing of a highly innovative unmanned vessel concept.  Steller Systems’ team also has extensive experience of designing vessels for USVs, such as SPARTAN, our concept design for a light Frigate.

Visitors to DSEI can meet Steller Systems’ Unmanned experts at stand N6-401 and SeeByte’s Autonomy experts at stand S9-151.

SeeByte’s CEO, Dr Robert Black, and Steller Systems’ MD, Robert Skarda, signing the MOU.

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