New functions for the autonomous ship
The KISS principle will also be applied to the ship itself and it is also important to look at how existing vessels can be modified to support unmanned operation. At the hardware level, technical modifications will be necessary, for example to the fuel-processing system, while an electric-powered water-jet for back-up propulsion and steering may have to be retrofitted.New sensors to replace the look-out are also an important part of the unmanned ship. A combination of high resolution radar, low-Iight and infrared cameras form the 'advanced sensor system'. Most of the technology involved is already available and its adoption would be more a question of cost than of general availability. The sensor-system will be integrated with more conventional equipment such as the AIS system and ARPA radar. Computer-based data fusion, using Information from the various sensors, will further increase the capability of the sensor system. All these systems are alre... [More]
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Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) built locally in Abu Dhabi by Al Seer Marine, based on the experience of four generations of such craft designed, built and tested by 5G International, take up centre stage at this week’s IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) 2013 Expo in Abu Dhabi. That these three sleek, fine-lined craft should grab attention needs no further explanation to those who recall the youthful pleasure of putting a remotely controlled speedboat through its paces on some pond. With these boats that basic idea is seen taken to its ultimate potential.
Eclipse 11m FRP Hulled USV: Photo credit: Al Seer Marine
The three models making their debut at the IDEX Expo are:
Sea Serpent, the small 3m (9.8 ft) ‘jet ski’ version
Boomeranger, the larger 11m ( (36.1 ft) RIB
Eclipse, the top-of-class (same length) FRP.
All of these boats are true robots, programmable so as to give a patrol boat’s surveillance protection to drilling rigs and other offs... [More]