New Sea Drone for Arctic Exploration


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It is a small vessel that can carry cargo without a crew and conduct monitoring of river, coastal and marine areas.

Scientists at the Russian Arctic Research and Education Centre (REC) have developed a sea drone for Arctic research, the Scientific Director of the Russian Arctic REC told TASS.

It is a vessel with a polyethylene hull that can travel up to 500 miles away from the base.

The case material is low-pressure polyethylene, which has a high density. High-density polyethylene offers superior corrosion resistance, a higher working temperature range, and higher tensile strength. But the most important and interesting thing is a control system.

The drone can operate autonomously. In this case, the drone will scan the entire area around it to find the right way. Scanning will be done using either a camera or LiDAR. LiDAR is a form of 3D scanning using a laser rangefinder.

The sea drone can also be controlled remotely and fitted with cameras, sensors, and other measuring equipment to collect data for research.