Academic Field

Computer Science, Systems, and Security

Faculty Mentor Name

Bina Ramamurthy

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to study the technological and commercial feasibility of robotic control systems for freighters, and to develop a miniature proof of concept based on the findings. The research portion of the project involved a detailed technological and financial viability analysis of Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) technology for freight shipping, especially for inland waterways. The prototype-engineering portion of the project resulted in a proof of concept control system based on an open-source platform, which controls a miniature Unmanned Surface Vehicle prototype. The prototype is a 1.3-meter long twin-hulled catamaran, which navigates autonomously to ferry a miniature payload using differential thrust from two motors that are powered by two deep-cycle marine batteries. These undertakings have led to a comprehensive solution to enable zero emission inland freight shipping using mass-manufactured swarms of semi-autonomous, 100 DWT, low-draft, multi-hulled, solar ships that carry intermodal cargo containers.

Keywords

Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Start Date

10-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 2:45 PM

Location

SERC House of Fields

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Unmanned Surface Vehicles for Freighters

SERC House of Fields

The purpose of this project is to study the technological and commercial feasibility of robotic control systems for freighters, and to develop a miniature proof of concept based on the findings. The research portion of the project involved a detailed technological and financial viability analysis of Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) technology for freight shipping, especially for inland waterways. The prototype-engineering portion of the project resulted in a proof of concept control system based on an open-source platform, which controls a miniature Unmanned Surface Vehicle prototype. The prototype is a 1.3-meter long twin-hulled catamaran, which navigates autonomously to ferry a miniature payload using differential thrust from two motors that are powered by two deep-cycle marine batteries. These undertakings have led to a comprehensive solution to enable zero emission inland freight shipping using mass-manufactured swarms of semi-autonomous, 100 DWT, low-draft, multi-hulled, solar ships that carry intermodal cargo containers.