Sea Machines Robotics and Metal Shark Boats have introduced a new series of autonomous vessel to be marketed to both commercial and government customers.
The 29-foot (8.8-metre) vessel, which is offered through Metal Shark’s new Sharktech autonomous division, is equipped with a Sea Machines autonomous control and monitoring system that allows for traditionally manned, reduced-crew, or unmanned autonomous operations.
The vessel and all onboard systems are commanded via a direct wireless PC-based user interface. An industrialised remote control with joystick provides manual control for situations when autonomy mode is not required, and an available belt-pack remote allows for vessel, systems, and payload control within a one- to two-kilometre range.
The system frees the operator from the helm to allow manned, technology-assisted control from anywhere onboard the vessel. Alternately, when unmanned operations are required, the vessel and its onboard systems may be monitored and controlled via network connections from a shoreside station or second vessel.
Local situational awareness is provided to the remote operator via streaming video, ENC localisation, radar, AIS, and live environmental and deck machinery condition feeds.
The autonomous package also features advanced mission planning and situational awareness capabilities.
Powered by twin outboard engines, the vessel can achieve top speeds in excess of 45 knots.
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