The HyDrone-RCV is a one-man portable, remotely controlled catamaran platform developed for hydrographic survey applications. Working in conjunction with the HydroLite-TM single-beam or HydroLite-DFX dual frequency portable echosounder kit, the HyDrone accomplishes the same results as more expensive RC survey systems.
The lightweight, wide profile, and watertight construction provide stability, ruggedness and portability. It is manufactured from high quality marine materials and components and easily disassembles for transport and shipping.
Work environments include mines, sewage treatment plants, contaminated lakes, harbors and rivers.
Remote control of the survey boat is easy using a high-power remote control system that offers up to 2km range, with a survey endurance of over 8 hours at a survey speed of 3 knots on a single battery pack.
As an option, the HyDrone-RCV can be upgraded with the SEA4001 Seafloor AutoNav Autonomous Mode. With the AutoNav option, the HyDrone™ becomes semi autonomous; the vehicle can be monitored while under way, in both Auto and Manual modes. A mission planner app runs on a base station laptop connected through a radio telemetry link, and displays the vehicle’s graphical position and progress in real time against a background map of the survey area.
Seafloor HyDrone – RCV™ Specifications
● Top Speed: 12 kts / 22 Km/hr
● Hull Length: 1143 mm / 45 in
● Hull Width: 736 mm / 29 in
● Power: 2x 16v 16 Ah battery LiPo
● Battery Endurance: 8 hours
● Payload: 11.3kg / 23 lbs
● ECU: 2x 180 amp water-cooled
● Motor: 2x brushless thruster
● Hull Material: UV resistant HDPE
● Frame: aluminum powder coated
● Steering: differential
●Weight: 9 kg / 20 lbs
●Hardware: stainless steel
●Remote Control: Futaba 2.4Ghz long range
●Remote Range: 2 km
●Hatches: 4x 7″ twist-out water-tight closure