In the park, the Canadian company Clearpath Robotics has replenished - the old model of the Kingfisher marine drone has evolved into the new Heron device. It was dubbed the "water multicopter", which accurately reflects the essence of the machine. Compact, maneuverable, autonomous and practically unsinkable - and therefore capable of operating where it is risky to send flying counterparts.
Heron is made according to the scheme of a catamaran, has a length of 1.35 m, weight 28 kg, an electric propulsion system and a double set of hydrojet propellers. They are bidirectional, so the drone moves forward and backward with equal ease, can turn on the spot and can perform other precise maneuvers. The cruising speed is only 3.3 knots (6 km / h), but Heron's purpose is not to participate in races, but to painstaking work with various equipment for exploring reservoirs.
The robot can carry up to 10 kg of equipment that is synchronized with the on-board navigation system and GPS. This allows Heron to autonomously inspect objects with great accuracy, where it is impractical to send boats with personnel. For example, perform daily monitoring of sediment depth in storm sedimentation tanks. Heron, using sonar, will cope with the task faster and cheaper than a person.
Data on the operating time on a single charge and the price of the drone have not yet been provided.