Steller Systems Presenting at UK NEST Artificial Intelligence Conference

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

Steller Systems’ Paul Gliddon will be presenting at the UK NEST Conference on “Achieving Artificial Intelligence at Scale in the Naval Domain” next week. 

Paul will be presenting Steller Systems’ approach to using Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning Technology to find optimal, low drag hull form shapes, focussing on reducing both ship build and operational costs.  Using this approach, millions of shapes of hull forms can be efficiently analysed leading to game-changing resistance reductions. A recent task to optimise a future frigate hull form showed the extent of the potential savings; a 32% reduction in resistance at cruise speed (16 knots) and for the same hull a 22% reduction in resistance at top speed (24 knots).

The conference takes place at the SS Great Britain in Bristol on the 17th May.

Steller Systems at Combined Naval Event 2023

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

In less than 2 weeks’ time, Steller Systems will be exhibiting at the Navy Leaders Combined Naval Event 2023. If you’re attending then please come and talk to us on stand D25 about our work on uncrewed vessels, combatants, amphibious ships and fast craft, as well as our ground-breaking technologies in naval damage control, launch and recovery, and AI-optimised ship design.

The event, which incorporates conferences on Future Surface Fleet, Surface Fleet Technology, Submarine Technology, Underwater Defence & Security and Naval Damage Control, takes place in Farnborough, UK from 23rd to 25th May 2023. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 1,500 attendees from over 50 countries.

We look forward to welcoming our current and future customers and partners.

Steller Systems Exhibiting at Combined Naval Event 2023

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

Steller Systems is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Navy Leaders Combined Naval Event 2023. The event, which incorporates conferences on Future Surface Fleet, Surface Fleet Technology, Submarine Technology, Underwater Defence & Security and Naval Damage Control, takes place in Farnborough, UK from 23rd to 25th May 2023.

This year’s event is expected to attract more than 1,500 attendees from over 50 countries.

We look forward to welcoming our current and future customers and partners at stand D25.

Steller Systems Welcomes Myca Morales

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Steller Systems’ team continues to grow, with us welcoming Myca Morales to the team this week. Myca is a Naval Architect with more than four years’ experience in the defence industry including conducting build assurance activities for new vessels. Myca also brings with her experience of the offshore oil and gas industry. She will be joining our team at our Nailsworth head office.

Myca joins us at a busy time for Steller Systems, and is already supporting some of our projects in the surface ship and uncrewed vessel sectors.

Steller Systems at Newcastle University

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Earlier this week Steller Systems’ Alec Lynn-Rodgers and Amy Potter visited Newcastle University, delivering a guest lecture sharing valuable industry knowledge on the engineering lifecycle, specifically the transition away from the traditional design spiral towards a digital thread.

In addition, the pair spoke to Marine Technology Students across all stages about Steller Systems’ tailored Graduate Scheme. As a former graduate of Newcastle University, Amy was able to share her experience of the Graduate Scheme first-hand. Read about Amy’s experiences here.

If you would like to discuss a position on the scheme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Steller Systems is also open to offering student placements, whether that be a summer placement or a year in industry.

Steller Systems is Recruiting!

Monday, February 13th, 2023

At Steller Systems we’re always on the look out for great people to join our team conducting varied and interesting work. Here are a few of the things we’ve been doing recently:

👉 Conducted tank trials of a damage control system that will save lives

👉 Created a hull optimisation tool using AI techniques that will significantly improve fuel efficiency

👉 Worked on an advanced survivability, escape and evacuation system that will improve safety

👉 Built and tested functioning scale prototypes of uncrewed vessels

👉 Designed an innovative launch and recovery system for uncrewed vessels

👉 Developed our designs for an uncrewed vessel and an innovative landing craft

👉 Attended and presented at conferences worldwide

👉 Given presentations at three leading universities

👉 Won awards from our customers

👉 Mentored staff through their graduate schemes and chartership applications

If you’re a naval architect or marine engineer and love the challenge of solving difficult problems, then please contact us.

Hull Design using Deep Learning Technology 

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Technology is transforming the way that companies approach tough optimisation challenges, and Steller Systems is incorporating new, technically advanced methods into early stage hull design in ways not seen in some marine sectors before. 

Deep Learning Surrogates (DLS) are just one Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool that is already increasing the speed and effectiveness of automated design optimisation. The approach is based on other AI models like those that have been key to many other difficult computing problems, from tracking trends in the stock market to image recognition.

By using Deep Learning Surrogates to explore the entire design space and generating millions of combinations of hull shapes it stands to reason how significant savings can be realised. A recent task to optimise a future frigate hull form showed the extent of the potential savings. A 32% reduction in resistance at cruise speed (16 knots) and for the same hull 22% reduction in resistance at top speed (24 knots) was achieved. Putting this into perspective, this allows the designers to save 5 megawatts from a 30 megawatt drive train – showing how large the savings can be. 

For more details, see here.

Innovation in Damage Control for Ships

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Steller Systems has been awarded a contract by the Defence and Security Accelerator to develop an innovative damage control system for ships.

Changes to platform design and operation, steady reductions in crew numbers and the accelerating move to uncrewed, autonomous vessels mean that new approaches are required to ensure that damage control measures can continue to be successfully achieved.

Under this contract, Steller Systems will design, build and test a prototype system that can be permanently installed or rapidly deployed on a ship in the event of damage.

The work will be based upon Steller Systems’ extensive experience of naval and commercial vessel damage stability, providing emergency response naval architecture support to Royal Navy vessels, designing uncrewed vessels and rapid prototyping using innovative techniques.

Steller Systems’ team of naval architects and marine engineers relish technical challenges and developing innovative solutions. Due to a number of recent contract awards we are currently recruiting talented individuals at all levels. For more detail please visit our careers page.

Richard Burrows Joins Steller Systems

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

Steller Systems’ team continues to grow, with the recent addition of Richard Burrows. Richard is an accomplished naval architect with extensive experience of designing racing vessels, having worked for INEOS Britannia, Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies and Alex Thomson Racing. Richard is experienced in the design of composite structures and in conducting hydrodynamic trials.

Richard is based in our Hamble office and is already supporting our diverse portfolio of projects in the surface, subsurface and uncrewed vessel domains, supporting both military and commercial clients.

We are currently recruiting naval architects and marine engineers of all grades to join our teams in both Nailsworth (Gloucestershire) and Hamble (near Southampton). Please see our Careers page for more details.

Steller Systems at INEC 2022

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

Steller Systems will be presenting a number of papers at the International Naval Engineering Conference (INEC) 2022. INEC, which is run by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), is the foremost professional event in the naval engineer’s calendar. This year’s conference challenges ship and submarine designers, builders and support teams to adapt to integrate emerging technologies such as autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

Steller Systems’ Managing Director Rob Skarda, himself a Fellow of IMarEST, will be presenting a paper he has co-authored with Matt Bolton and Cdr Iain Tall RN on “Future Naval Battlespace & Implications for Key Enablers” at the closing plenary session. The paper looks at the platform, marine engineering and combat system aspects that need to be developed in order to enable improved effectiveness in the future battlespace, and will draw out key threads that should lead to virtuous cost-effective development cycles to prepare naval forces for the future.

Meanwhile our Chief Engineer for Surface Ships, Alec Lynn-Rodgers, will be presenting “Future Warship – A Scoping Study”. The paper presents an assessment of the potential gains and arrangement impacts of adopting state-of-the-art structural and propulsive approaches on warship design.

Other presentations will be based on papers co-authored by Steller Systems personnel, including “Implementation of a Novel Federated Approach to the Analysis of Sinking Ships” and “Bringing the Naval Inclining Experiment into the 21st Century”. INEC 2022 takes place from 8th to 10th November 2022 at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

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