With the technology is moving on, the drone technology is also making its mark in the market. Now there is carbon fiber-bodied Heron USV. It is an on water surface moving drone. The Heron USV launches it on surface water drone at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Now, your research can underway in a fraction of the time with easily interchangeable payloads for each new project.

The Heron weighs in at 28 kg (62 lb), measures 1.35 meters long (53 inches). And it is pushed by two battery-powered jet thrusters located in each of its pontoons.

Carbon Fiber-Bodied Heron USV

Heron is a portable, mid-sized surface vessel. on the other hand, the catamaran design includes anti-fouling thrusters, an incredibly shallow profile, and built in GPS for easy access positioning data.  Besides that, this unmanned surface vessel features a payload bay for mounting submerged sensors or equipment on deck. Heron’s folding pontoons and quick swapp-able battery make transport, launch and retrieval a quick and easy process.

While coming to it working and purpose, Heron USV is equipped with every essential thing, which a researcher needs to start the research in aquatic environments. The platform allows access to communication ports as well as onboard power supplies. A powerful embedded computer system comes pre-installed with Linux and ROS; all component ROS drivers are installed and pre-configured.

With the two batteries, it has the top speed of 3.3 knots (6 km/h or 3.8 mph) and because they’re bidirectional, they also allow it to turn on the spot or go in reverse. Additionally, the craft can be used for reconnaissance/surveillance, or it can be equipped with a water-sampling system, in which tubes reaching down into the water draw samples that are stored in syringes for subsequent lab analysis.

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