Sea-Drone – An autonomous drone for patrolling and surveillance in Canadian Arctic
Aerial drones are common, but military might seek an autonomous drone for oceans, equipped with latest technologies for safe patrolling mission and rescue operations in open waters. Charles Bombardier’s personal watercraft concept suggests a solution to carry out patrolling and rescue operations in the Canadian Arctic with its Sea-Drone concept design. A tough autonomous drone intended to be deployed around Canadian Northwest Passage, which is a viable route for ships. This passage is all that any sailor would look for as a route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of Canada.
No wonder, Canada will be soon realizing the need to explore and occupy the territory. The drones would better suit for optimization of surveillance with reduced risk. Originally, the design of the Sea-Drone design is inspired from an existing Sea-doo model like the RXT-X-260. However, it won’t feature a steering wheel and seats as it’s an autonomous drone, and will be piloted remotely.
It incorporates a stabilized aquatic camera, LED lights, and active illumination technology for night operations. At the front of the drone, there is a strong tow hook to lift or drag stuck boats. The electric winch provides a quick connect system. It could carry various kinds of military or rescue equipments.
Most of all, its stabilized camera records video and telecast it through satellite. Materials like Kelvar fiber make a strong hull that could bear the blows from floating ice or cold weather.
The Sea-Drone can carry out a 2 hour patrol mission in locations where command and control ships would find it hard to venture or anchor. The rendering of the concept are produced by Matt Betteker from South Jultland in Denmark.