Our technical team answer your most frequently asked questions:
How does the Wave Foil Technology work?
Through all wave directions the vessel is propelled forward by four keel mounted foils positioned fore and aft. In flat calm, the system can be assisted by an auxiliary propeller. Extensive hydrodynamic testing has refined the technology and field trials and missions have proven its robustness in stormy seas.
When was it first released? How many years has it been on market?
In 2013 MOST(AV) Ltd was formed to develop the AutoNaut USV and has been marketing the AutoNaut since then. The company changed name to AutoNaut Ltd in July 2016, following investment from Seiche Group.
What kind of mechanism has applied in order to maintain stability of the fleet under rough sea condition?
The AutoNaut is designed to be self-righting and resisiliant in storm conditions and has survived 65kt storm conditions with 10m waves, capsizing and righting 4 times and successfully continuing with the mission.
Does it have 24h monitoring function? What kind?
AutoNaut is set a pre-programmed course and monitored by 'operators/pilots' during missions. These trained remote operators oversee incoming data and are able to adjust the mission if necessary, monitor the health of the onboard systems and have remote control of onboard functions.
What are the annual maintenance cost?
The planned maintenance costs are very low, with a requirement to clean the hull of fouling between missions and ensure that all systems and equipment are operating effectively.
AutoNaut has control system server for each vehicle? That is, the users don't have to worry about building such server by themselves.
The control system software link with the Iridium satellite comms system can be mounted on a server of choice, or we can offer that service if required. The GUI for piloting the AutoNaut will run on any laptop/PC with an internet connection.
How many hours of charging by solar is required to operate 24h?
The 3m AutoNaut has 175W peak output from the solar PV panels on deck. The 5m has 300W peak. The actual output depends on the latitude of operations, the season and the weather. In winter months the remote pilot can balance the available battery power with the system load if necessary by turning sensors/equipment ON/OFF from remote depending on their priority for data gathering. We can provide guidance on the load balance with power generation when sensor fit and mission location are confirmed.