Part sailboat – part submarine, a new remarkable drone can patrol the oceans for months without stopping, powered by only the wind and the sun.
Developed by Ocean Aero, the Submaran S10 is autonomous, able to conduct missions on its own. This drone can sail on the surface of the ocean and then transform to dive beneath the surface travelling, similar to a submarine.
The hybrid drone can dive to depths of about 660 feet, which makes it useful not only for avoiding detection, but to discreetly conduct its own surveillance as well.
Because of its ability to be powered by renewable energy, the Submaran can go farther than many other battery or fuel-powered drones. In addition, it can be launched from ships, boats, piers and even an aircraft.
Along with protecting the US coastlines, technology like this could be used to quietly monitor, surveil and collect information for defense and intelligence.
What does it look like
Not to be confused with a remote-controlled boat children play with, the Submaran is enormous.
It’s about the size of a Laser sailboat, at 13.5 feet long. It weighs nearly 280 pounds and with the wingsail up, the Submaran is an impressive 8 feet high.
Similar to an everyday sailboat, the self-sailing Submaran has a sail, but the sail has been designed to be retractable for underwater use.
Like some racing boats, the Submaran has a bulb keel, which allows for stability and counterforce for self-righting.
The Submaran incorporates solar panels on the outside for both its rechargeable batteries and thruster power; there is also an auxiliary thruster for additional power.
The design also incorporates stability ballast tanks. Included in the Submaran are a communications antenna, anemometer, LED navigation, light and a 360-degree camera.
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