Harbor Wing AUSV Autonomous Ship

Designed by the engineers at Harbor Wings Technologies, the AUSV unmanned vehicle is a wing-powered ship that was conceived to accomplish long-range surveillance and observation missions. The vehicle features three very special components that allow it to become fully autonomous: the “WingSail”, the Hydrofoils, and the Guidance System. Video after the jump.

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2 Responses to Harbor Wing AUSV Autonomous Ship

  1. It seems a bit contradictory to develop a ship for "long-range" surveillance activities, which is not able to adequately face sea conditions >4. Although 30-40 knots are not frequent everywhere, they are not so rare too, even in quiet sea areas (let alone higher latitudes).

    This seems to be a nice experiment, but a lot of work still remains to be done to face real weather conditions out there.

  2. It seems a bit contradictory to develop a ship for “long-range” surveillance activities, which is not able to adequately face sea conditions >4. Although 30-40 knots are not frequent everywhere, they are not so rare too, even in quiet sea areas (let alone higher latitudes).
    This seems to be a nice experiment, but a lot of work still remains to be done to face real weather conditions out there.