Marine autonomous marine control systems developer Robosys Automation has won a contract to provide its Voyager AI Surveyor Software to Spanish firm Branka Marina Robotics for its latest USV (Uncrewed Surface Vessel).
The software will be integrated on board the 6m oceanographic survey vessel Ranger 6.0 Electric, which is the latest in a new range of survey USVs being developed for a marine science and technology centre in Spain.
The Ranger has 100% electric propulsion and can generate its own power with photovoltaic en capsulation technology - solar panels - in composite materials built into the deck.
The software by Robosys will provide autonomous remote control and navigation, including collision and obstacle avoidance and anti-grounding functions.
The USV can be converted into a hybrid power system and Robosys will be able to integrate and customise its software with a custom-designed, steerable single electric drive system developed by Branka. Robosys will also provide an alarm and monitoring system and integrated switch and relay control.
“Branka is leading the way in hybrid power and electric drive oceanographic survey USVs which aligns with Robosys Automation’s ethos,” said Robosys chief strategy officer Nigel Lee. “Both Robosys Automation and Branka see the collaboration on this initial electric USV as part of a long-term partnership, given their synergies of operating within the blue economy and in response to the fast growing demand that Branka is experiencing.”