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USV
Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Invocean provides comprehensive Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) solutions. Catering to an array of requirements and project needs, our offerings span from complete turn-key USV systems to specialized and customised project-based equipment, ensuring you have the right tools to carry out your operations with precision and efficiency.

Moreover, our expertise goes beyond hardware provision. Our team of skilled engineers and consultants is prepared to guide you through the complexities of your USV needs, providing innovative solutions and strategic advice, whatever challenges you may encounter.

Within our portfolio, you will find a marriage of state-of-the-art navigation capabilities and sophisticated onboard software suites. This blend of high-tech components ensures our USVs operate with excellant performance, providing a seamless experience for all stakeholders

BlueBoat Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) by Blue Robotics
 
We are a
lso excited to introduce the newest addition to our Invocean USV range - the affordable Blue Robotics Blue Boat. Boasting a unique hull design, limitless expansion, and utilizing BlueOS software making this USV platform ideal for water quality and hydrographic surveys and any other developments you may have in aquatic robotics development.
 
With its unique capabilities, the Blue Boat elevates our portfolio, underscoring our dedication to constant evolution and adaptation to the dynamic needs of the industry. This pioneering product brings forth an amalgamation of sophisticated technology and robust design, promising to redefine what you expect from a USV and pushing the boat out for your USV Hydrographic Surveys.

At Invocean, we are committed to delivering beyond your expectations through our wide spectrum of solutions, professional services, and avant-garde technology. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to be a part of your success story.

Product Description

 

The BlueBoat was born from a desire to make uncrewed surface vessels just as easy to get started with as ROVs and drones. Even with many options on the market, we saw a lot of room for improvement. We started from a clean sheet and designed the vehicle that we wanted to have ourselves, then worked tirelessly to perfect it and make it as affordable as possible. The result is the BlueBoat.

The BlueBoat is the planet’s most affordable surface vessel for hydrographic surveys, robotic systems development, and scientific missions. Its weedless hull and propeller design, rugged construction, and compact transport size make it reliable and convenient to use, while its flexible electronics architecture, ample payload mounting areas, and open-source BlueOS software system make it an ideal platform for integration of sonars and other sensors.

The BlueBoat exists for you to build on top of and is easily and endlessly expandable.

It’s a Hydrographer’s pickup truck

The BlueBoat is designed to carry any payload that you want to integrate and to do so better than any other vehicle its size. We fit all of the control electronics, batteries, and wiring into the hulls so that the space between the hulls is completely dedicated to payload integration. The hulls are designed with flat inner walls, creating a low-wake sensor area ideal for survey sonars.

The BlueBoat can carry up to 15 kg (33 lb) of batteries and payload. The cross members, brackets, and the bottom of the hull have mounting points so that you can mount anything, whether it’s a hydrographic survey echosounder, an enclosure full of prototype electronics, or both!

Electronics areas in both hulls leave plenty of dry space for internal hardware integration with access to dedicated payload power, interhull communications, and holes for electrical penetrators or connectors. Combined with the open-source BlueOS software system, it’s not just integration friendly, it’s going to be your new developer.

Autonomy or manual control

Every BlueBoat includes a Navigator Flight Controller, GPS, and ArduRover control firmware with advanced autonomous navigation capabilities. Out of the box it can perform precision GPS waypoint navigation, position hold at a location, follow-me maneuvers, geo-fencing, automatic return-to-home if radio signal is lost, and more. Drag and drop mission planning makes it easy to design a complex mission in minutes.

If you prefer to operate the vehicle manually or take pride in smoothly docking it at the end of a mission, you can use a joystick controller to show off your skills.

USV
USV Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Missions for days

The BlueBoat has best-in-class endurance capabilities with over 60 hours of continuous operating time when carrying the maximum supported number of batteries. Even with a single battery, it runs for upwards of 9 hours and can travel over 30 km.

Ship to Shore aka BlueBoat to BaseStation

The BlueBoat has a long-range wifi radio that connects to the BaseStation box from up to 1 km away using the standard antennas. The BaseStation acts as a wifi access point that you can connect to to interact with the boat. It has an internal battery as well as a USB-C port for charging and a hardwired network connection.

If you’re operating multiple boats, they can all be connected through a single BaseStation box. In addition to the wifi radios, the BlueBoat will eventually be compatible with other types of communication for longer range, such as 4G LTE and Iridium satellite communications.

Technical Details

 

Specifications

                                         Parameter                                                                                    Value

Performance     

Endurance @ 1 m/s (~30 W), no payload: 

2 Batteries (532 Wh, 2.4 kg)                                                                                           18 hrs (65 km)

4 Batteries (1064 Wh, 4.7 kg)                                                                                        36 hrs (130 km)

6 Batteries (1596 Wh, 7.0 kg)                                                                                        50 hrs (180 km)

8 Batteries (2128 Wh, 9.3 kg)                                                                                        62 hrs (220 km)

Solar Power (user equipped)                                                                                            Indefinite

Maximum Speed (2 batteries, no payload)                                                                 3 m/s      6 kts

Maximum Static Thrust                                                                                                 8.2 kgf   18 lbf

Temperature Rating (air)                                                                                       -25 to 50°C   -13 to 122°F

Temperature Rating (water)                                                                                     0 to 50°C    32 to 122°F

Steering                                                                                                                          Skid Steering

Payload and Expansion Capabilities

Payload Capacity (batteries + payload)                                                                      15 kg       33 lb

Payload Power                                                                                       Battery Voltage @ 60 A (Direct Connection)
                                                                                                                      Battery Voltage @ 10 A (Fuse Board)
                                                                                                                           5V Auxiliary @ 5 A (Fuse Board)

Available Ports and Interfaces                                                                                     3 x Serial UART
                                                                                                           Ethernet (Blue Robotics Ethernet Switch required)
                                                                                                                                          2 x USB 2.0
                                                                                                                                          2 x USB 3.0
                                                                                                                                1 x 16-bit ADC (3.3 V)
                                                                                                                                1 x 16-bit ADC (6.6 V)

Physical

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height)                                                         120 x 93 x 46 cm (deployed)
                                                                                                                            120 x 71 x 24 cm (folded)
                                                                                                                          120 x 46 x 20 cm (packaged)

Weight (no batteries or payload)                                                                                 14.5 kg    32 lb

Freeboard (2 batteries, no payload)                                                                            160 mm   6.3 in

Maximum Draft (maximum payload)                                                                            320 mm  12.6 in

Propulsion                                                                                              2 x M200 Motor w/ Weedless Propeller

Propeller Diameter                                                                                                        112 mm   4.4 in

Navigation Light                                                                                 5V 2W LED, PWM-Programmable Flashing

Primary Materials                                                                                                              LDPE (hulls)
                                                                                                                         30% Glass-filled Polycarbonate
                                                                                                                                    Anodized Aluminum
                                                                                                                                          Stainless Steel

Communications

Wireless Communications Protocol                                                                802.11a/b/g/n (2412 - 2462MHz)

Wireless Router                                                                                                      MikroTik RBGroove-52HPn

Default Wireless Configuration                                                                                   Client Mode (CPE)

BaseStation Router Default IP Address                                                                             192.168.2.3

BlueBoat Router Default IP Address                                                                                  192.168.2.4

Included Antenna                                                                                 7 dBi 2.4Ghz Omnidirectional, N-Male Connector

Wireless Range (w/ included antennas)                                                                   up to 1 km  up to 0.54 nm

Wireless Range (w/ directional antennas, not included)                                               >10 km  >5.4 nm

Cellular & Satellite Communications                                                                  Capable, see integration guides

Software

Mission-planning or Mission Planner

Navigation Capabilities                                                                                          Manual Control (w/ Joystick)
                                                                                                                                  Waypoint Navigation (Auto)
                                                                                                                                   Click-to-Navigate (Guided)
                                                                                                                                        Position Hold (Loiter)
                                                                                                                            Return-to-Home (if connection lost)

Electronics and Electrical System

Sensors                                                                                                                                  6-DOF IMU
                                                                                                                                   Dual 3-DOF compasses
                                                                                                                                       Internal barometer

GPS                                                                                                        mRobotics M10034-M9N, (NEO-M9N, IST8308)

Speed Controllers                                                                                            Basic ESC 500 (BlueBoat Configuration)

Input Voltage Range                                                                                            (12–26 VDC¹ (4S–6S Batteries)

5V Auxiliary Output                                                                                                                      5 A

Individual Battery Fuses                                                                                                         60 A MIDI

System Fuse                                                                                                                           150 A MIDI

Fuse Board                                                                                                   Mini-ATC (2 A, 5 A, 10 A fuses included)

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