HAL - AUTONOMOUS COMPUTER HARDWARE

The World's most Advanced Solar powered Trimaran

 

 

4. HAL COMPUTER HARDWARE

 

What type of computers will be the most suitable for this project? 

 

Computers have progressed so much that most laptops would have the computing power to run the SolarNavigator.

 

But is that enough?

 

It is suggested that the onboard processing takes place on several computers powered by a battery-backed, electronically-controlled power system. Well, even that is standard practice these days. We're sure that many people reading this page will have built their own workstation, so know how powerful most home machines have become., and also that they are subject to errors. But, we cannot afford an error on the SolarNavigator. Reliability is key.

 

For that reason the platform that is used must be of the highest quality. And even then, common sense dictates fail safes are built in. That would mean separate systems for the key functions, with overall monitoring and alerts; involving several computers.

 

The reason for having more than one computer system, is reliability. The other reason is that we may want some aspects of the ship's autonomy to be the lead (dedicated) program, running on one machine and another taking care of visuals, which is memory hungry. It all boils down to processing power.

 

The computer hardware includes a 6DOF inertial measurement unit. Other hardware, such as a GPS, is included in the Autopilot package above and the Navigation Instruments include radar and sonar (early warning), for obstacle avoidance.

 

HAL ties all this together - the hardware that is, and processes the information coming in.

 

 

 

ICOM integrated navigation system

 

 

HARDWARE EXAMPLE

 

New Icom navigation system 06 Dec 2012 - Icom UK’s MXS-5000 Marine Commander

Marine navigation expert, Icom UK, launched its new MXS-5000 MarineCommander product in December 2012, it is a fully integrated and fully customisable navigation system, that may prove to be suitable for autonomous vessels.

The system offers a multitude of solutions for boat owners giving the opportunity to ‘connect’ compatible VHF 
radios, AIS transponders, radars and/or fish finders. 

Ian Lockyer, Icom UK, said: “The MarineCommander is a robust, waterproof navigational system and integrates 
various navigation options with a large, durable, multifunctional display (MFD) and powerful main black box 
processor unit.” In fact, it brings together, in one multifunctional display unit, all essential safety and navigational electronics.

Central to the system and the main user interface is the 12.1-inch MXD-5000 multifunctional display (MFD). The 
main processor is the driving force behind the new system and allows configuration of compatible marine electronic 
equipment to the system. 

The MarineCommander can also be used in conjunction with the MXR-5000R/T Marine Radar to improve improve collision avoidance. It exchanges real-time boat traffic information with other AIS-equipped vessels using Icom's 
MA-500TR transponder or MXA-5000 AIS receiver. 

Being compatible with the Icom VHF marine transceiver, the available DSC function establishes and receives 
various types of calls including individual, group, all ship and position/polling requests. 

The video input ports with RCA connectors offer up to four video inputs for surveillance cameras, TV, DVD or 
even thermal cameras for low light conditions. This allows monitoring of surroundings and of crew members all 
displayed on the MFD.


 

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Solarnavigator is a battery electric ASV (Autonomous Solar Vessel), a trimaran with an extremely 

efficient active hull that runs on solar power = energy from nature. This hull form has never been

attempted before, nor has the use of wind energy been used in such manner for crew comfort 

(or complete onboard autonomy). A fleet of such vessels could be the basis of an international peacekeeping, and/or emergency rescue force.

 

 

 

1. MODEL PROGRESS

2. BRUCE THE AUTOPILOT & A BIT MORE

3. STAR WARS - DRONE SATELLITE REMOTE CONTROL, MANUAL OVERRIDE

4. HAL COMPUTER HARDWARE

5. NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS

6. THE EYES AND EARS - HAWKEYE

7. SELF DEFENCE - SCORPION

8. CAPTAIN NEMO - AI ROBOT

9.  LOCAL NAVIGATION EVENT

10. INTERMEDIATE CIRCUMNAVIGATION

11. THE AUTONOMOUS CIRCUMNAVIGATION

 

 

 

LINKS

 

www.eng.uah.edu/~fahimi/Platform_Boat.html

www.gps4us.com/GPS-independent-navigation-system-for-autonomous-vessels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodetic_system

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECEF

www.apl.washington.edu/projects/seaglider/summary
www.seaglider.washington.edu/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRobot_Seaglider
Tropical Boats

http://wiki.rocrail.net/ddx

http://www97.homepage.villanova.edu/hashem.ashrafiuon

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLAR NAVIGATOR BUSINESS PLAN

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  Email 21st Century Caves  or phone UK:

 

+ 44 (0) 1323 831727    +44 (0) 7842 607865

 

Blueplanet Productions, Solar House, BN27 1RF, United Kingdom

 

 

 

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AUTONOMOUS PROJECT LINKS

 

Alloys

Paints - Coatings

Autonomy - Computers - Software

Project Estimates

Batteries

Project Objectives

Composites

PR Events - 

Construction - Modular

Propeller

Diving - Hull survey & repair

Record Attempt

Electronics - Collision Avoidance COLREGS

Screens - 

Galley - 

Solar Arrays - tracking theory PIC PCB  MPPT PV trackers  Actuators & circuits

Hydraulics - Active hull - 

Stealth - Scorpion laser - Mine hunter

Hull Design - Capsize - SWASSH - Lubrication - Mass

Timber - 

Life Support - 

Tank Testing - Open water collision avoidance

Model ConstructionHulls - Wings - W'gens - ROV - AI

Tooling - 

Motors - DC v AC synchronous

Transmission - gearing & prop shaft/seals

Navigation  - Oceanographic Hydrographic Surveying

Treasure hunting - marine archaeology

Paints - Antifouling

Wind Turbines -

 

 

 


 

   Kulo Luna, a John Storm adventure featuring the Solarnavigator, by Jameson Hunter  Cyber Wars, an adventure story (book) featuring John Storm and the Solar Navigator by Jameson Hunter  Terrorists steal an Astute Class nuclear submarine and set about destabilising the world economy

 

The design of the Solar Navigator boat has been licensed for use in

the John Storm series of books by Jameson Hunter

 

 

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