Russia to create a wing sail-driven ASV for data collection & transmission
A team of Russian engineers will develop a concept and build a multitask composite autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) equipped to collect and transmit different data. The project described as unique will be presented by MariNet, the National Technological Initiative (NTI) working group, on the sidelines of the International Exhibition NEVA-2017 in St Petersburg, September 19-21.
The ASV project will be developed by Ltd InProject in conjunction with the Astrakhan State Technical University's Institute of Marine Technologies of Energy and Transport. The vessel will be driven by hybrid propulsion including one rigid wing sail. For accurate positioning, the ASV will be equipped with Azipod systems and will have brushless electric motor coupled with solar panels and wind generators for charging batteries and Azipod system. The systems will ensure stability of the ASV on the surface.
The ASV concept includes sensors and necessary equipment installation in the hull. The underwater part of the hull will be outfitted for fastening and towing of different research equipment. The vessel will have a sluice with a lifting and lowering part for work at seabed or above to gather samples of sea floor sediments.
Besides, the ASV's hull will have a cargo tank for transport of small amount of scientific equipment or cargo, including rescue equipment for ships and crews during salvage operations.
The developers say that the projects of innovative research / data collection vessels are of strategic importance for the country, since such vessels facilitate the exploration and development of water area resources, of coastal zones, and of the Arctic shelf.