PATENTS - ROBOTIC SURVEY SHIPS & DRONES
APPLICATION NUMBER: GB1301488.1
The above patent application, GB1301488 (published on the 17th of September 2014, under number GB2511731), identifies shortcomings in many of the patents cited below. The invention builds on existing technology, with innovation in several areas to provide a marine vessel (platform) that is capable of operating at respectable speeds autonomously, optionally using only energy from nature, the robot ship (or robot assisted ship) making (for example) route planning and course correction decisions intelligently and in most cases more accurately and superior to any human captain, to include radio and satellite communications, and other sensors for advanced interface with the environment.
The result is a significant improvement on the problems identified in the prior art cited below and other problems not cited in any prior art, but newly identified:-
An unmanned, autonomous, waterborne vehicle for marine use capable of operating on and below the surface of water, said vehicle including an enclosed hull having a payload bay, a hybrid propulsion system having energy collection means in the form of a wing sail covered with photovoltaic cells and energy storage means for utilizing at least solar energy and wind energy, a plurality of sensors for detecting predetermined environmental parameters and a communications system for transmitting data from said sensors to and for receiving command signals from one or more remote stations and/or cooperating vehicles.
The claims of this present application are subject to the observations of the patent officer and subsequent revision after consideration of those observations.
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Wing-sail system and Man-O-War model as developed from the Solar Sailor patent cited as prior art
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