NAVIGATION HARDWARE - AUTONOMOUS INSTRUMENTS
5. NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS
are the traditional tools of the trade by which nautical navigators and pilots
would find their present position and determine speed and direction to be able
to arrive at the next port of destination.
Imagine if you will that the modern tools of the trade are no different to their electronic counterparts, such as GPS replacing the compass. The main difference is that modern electronic instruments do away with the need for paper charts, making all the calculations for humans in a paperless helm.
The bit that made all the traditional instruments work is the human brain, but without the instruments, the human brain is unable to solve the navigation problem with any degree of precision. With our brain though, we are able to fashion tools. We are tool users, one of the skills that roughly two million years ago set Homo Habilis above his competitors.
It could be argued that the development of autonomous craft, is just another stage of our obsession with tools. This time taking ourselves out of the equation. Letting the robot vessel do all the work for us.
That is in essence what autonomy is all about, replacing the need for a human to connect the dots.
The ArduPilot Mega 2.5 is a complete open source autopilot system. It allows the user to turn any fixed, rotary wing or multirotor vehicle (including cars and boats) into a fully autonomous vehicle; capable of performing programmed GPS missions with waypoints. This version comes with the RC/Servo connectors unsoldered, so you can choose between straight or right-angled ones, both of which are included.
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.
2. BRUCE THE AUTOPILOT & A BIT MORE
3. STAR WARS - DRONE SATELLITE REMOTE CONTROL, MANUAL OVERRIDE
4. HAL COMPUTER HARDWARE
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
Email: or phone UK:
+ 44 (0) 1323 831727 +44 (0) 7842 607865
Blueplanet Productions, Solar House, BN27 1RF, United Kingdom
The design of the Solar Navigator boat has been licensed for use in
the John Storm series of books by Jameson Hunter
This website is copyright © 2013 Electrick Publications. All rights reserved. The bird logo and names Solar Navigator and Blueplanet Ecostar are trademarks ™. The Blueplanet vehicle configuration is registered ®. All other trademarks hereby acknowledged and please note that this project should not be confused with the Australian: 'World Solar Challenge'™which is a superb road vehicle endurance race from Darwin to Adelaide. Max Energy Limited is an educational charity working hard to promote world peace.