Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) is the latest project of Eco Marine Power (EMP). The construction of this prototype is related to the vessel to be more cost-effective with the installation of innovative technologies (marine computer systems and lightweight flexible marine solar panels) from EMP & its strategic partners.
The Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) will be equipped with a solar-electric hybrid marine power solution and a solar panel array created by EMP. The vessel will use batteries which will be supplied with the necessary energy via the solar-panel array. Another source of energy for the Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) will be shore power using rapid battery re-charging technology.
Computer systems of the prototype will be based upon the KEI 3240 platform (marine computer system architecture in use on many vessels of different type). The Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel is designed with a sensor pack developed by EMP. This addition on the vessel will be used for gathering data from above and below the waterline.
The collected data later is stored on board the USV and transmitted to a ship or shore office. The internet connections on the Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel will send data via Wi-Fi, mobile phone or satellite connections.
The USV will be capable of sailing on urban waterways, rivers, bays and lakes and of course coastal waters and open sea. The vessel has a possibility to turn on stealth mode, if necessary, by lowering the masts.
What this USV will be used for?
The Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel could be used for different tasks such as monitoring harbour pollution, oceanographic surveys, maritime park surveillance, coastal border patrols & marine data collection.
The prototype will be ready for tests next year.