AUAV AUTONOMOUS BOAT PROJECT
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The AUAV Boat Is Just A Big Hunk Of  Styrofoam

The Deck Is Made from 1/2 Cabinet Grade Plywood

Deck With Hatch Covers

The Pontoon Are Two Big Hunks Of  Styrofoam

Deck With Hatch Covers, Bow Plywood,
Hard Points and Electrical Conduits
Front View

Deck With Hatch Covers, Bow Plywood,
Hard Points and Electrical Conduits
Side View

One Of the Two 12 volt Battery Boxes


Deck With Hatch Covers, Bow Plywood,
Hard Points and Pontoons
Covered in Fiberglass and Epoxy
Front View

A Little History Behind AUAV's Autonomous Boat Project

In early 2005 AUAV was contacted by the USGS and ask if we could develop an autopilot for an autonomous boat, My first response was sure I don't see any reason why not, After all we had been doing aircraft for years. So we built a unit for the USGS and installed it in there boat we then took there boat out and test ran it. It worked but not near as good as it did in an aircraft.   
I decided to build a boat of our own to continue working on and improving the performance of the autonomous boat autopilot.
The following photos are of the boat under construction. The requirements of the boat was that it had to be inexpensive and easy to build, I wanted it to be very hard to control autonomously this is why it sits high in the water and has very large sides that present a large surface area to the wind. My thought was if I could control a boat like this autonomously then a cleaner boat design should be much easer to control autonomously. After working with the boat for almost 3 years we now have it running the way I had envisioned it should run at the start of the project.



John and Dave Preparing the Boat for it's First Test Run

The Boat on it's First Test Run

The Boat on it's Modified Jet Ski Trailer

The Boat on it's Modified Jet Ski Trailer

After Converting to Twin Motors

Boat With Single Motor
The boat is still being used as the test bed for the continued development and testing of AUAV's boat autopilot, It is also used for continued development and testing of the redundant 8 channel digital spread spectrum radio control system. We tested the redundant digital spread spectrum radio control system on 900 MHz /  900 MHz,  2.4 GHz / 2.4 GHz, 900 MHz / 2.4 GHz ISM Bands and the 1.35 to 1.4GHz Military band. The slow speed of the boat allows you the time to analyze what is happing in real time, it's top speed is about 4 knots and it will run for 2.5 hours or longer on a single charge depending on batteries. It's equipped with two 675 AH deep cycle marine batteries in parallel for 12 volts dc power along with 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequency spread spectrum or 2.4 GHz  Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum for Telemetry and a 5 Hz WAAS GPS. As with all of the aircraft at AUAV the boat is available for lease.


The Boat Is Available For Lease

Boat On Display at 2011 Cool Tech
Mosi Museum Tampa Florida

Boat On Display at 2011 Cool Tech
Mosi Museum Tampa Florida
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