Explor'Ocean is an autonomous naval USV guided by GPS.
The USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicule) take an increasing place by replacing human in different tasks. The use of a USV permit to replace the use of expensive human labor and requires less hardware resources. In addition, it can execute boring and repetitive work, in inhospitable conditions. There are currently very few surface USV.
Our project is to achieve an autonomous naval USV guided by GPS. It is to be able to move to a GPS checkpoint wireless transmitted by an operator. Ultimately the USV could be used for different kinds of missions: for example, related to protection and monitoring, or Oceanographic scientific projects.
The project is interesting in the way that it mixes different expertise fields : it requires telecom skills but also embedded technologies, energies and software skills. The demonstrator also possesses a GPS module for the boat positioning, a Xbee 868 module for the wireless communication with the operator's computer, as well as a magnetic compass and a microcontroller, which centralizes all datas and computes routes based on its orders. These equipments will therefore make the USV autonomous in the control allowing a permanent course correction.
We can guide the boat from a java interface in putting waypoints on a map, or by guiding the ship through the virtual remote control. These orders are then wireless transmitted via Xbee 868, before being transferred to the microcontroller that processes and modifies the course consequently.