Best Autonomous Drone yet

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by rwatson, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. rwatson
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  2. Dolfiman
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    Also this one, "VAIMOS" developed in 2012 by Ifremer (the french oceanographic research institute, equivalent to CSIRO) :
    3,65m long, 300 kg, 3 to 6 Knots, equiped with sensors for measurements of temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophylle at both 0,1 m and 1 m waterdepth. Tested autonomy up to now : > 100 km, fit for the local exploration of a zone more than to cross an ocean
    Vaimos, le premier drone à voile pour l’exploration des mers https://www.futura-sciences.com/planete/actualites/oceanographie-vaimos-premier-drone-voile-exploration-mers-36122/

    And this new one, "Drix", with an electrical propulsion for an autonomy of about 7 days :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhETFxNt6KU

    They are developed as a sea surface complements of the Argo international program doing, with profilers, the same type of job in the oceanic water bodiess, up to 2000 m waterdepth, currently more than 3800 profilers at sea ! :
    Welcome on ARGO.NET, the International Argo Program Homepage http://www.argo.net/
    Argo (oceanography) - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argo_(oceanography)
     
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    Hmmm - Vaimos is just a glorified model yacht, Drix is not wind propelled, Argo is doing great work but is essentially at the mercy of the currents though it can dive to great depths.

    I have this idea of picking up a drone coming from South America - " .... but Officer, it's just an automated drone, I had no idea what was inside it ....."
     
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