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Drone Technology Drives Development

Drone Technology Drives Development

14-Aug-2017 Development work for new robotic boat technology for Army is progressing at BlueZone Group driven by technologies available from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or ‘drone’ world. 


BlueZone Group CTO, Darren Burrowes, said that the large amount of light-weight and low-cost technologies developed for drone applications provided many options for application to the Robotic Z-Boat. “Miniaturisation of navigation systems such as Inertial Navigation Systems and GPS are very suitable for our applications,” said Darren, ‘Combined with sensors such as LiDAR and multi-beam sonar the Z-Boats can provide a powerful capability in an easily deployed package.” The gimbal system used to mount a pan-tilt-zoom camera is manufactured from carbon fibre and originally designed for mounting on a UAV.


Army Z-Boats are scheduled for demonstration in August completing a rapid development project that will enable early testing and assessment of the technology for several applications.

 
 Z-Boats lined-up in the BlueZone engineering workshop as systems are integrated and they are prepared for demonstration.

 
 Army representatives inspect progress of Z-Boat development.


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