The Sea-Drone is autonomous personal watercraft (PWC) concept designed to patrol the Canadian Arctic. It would patrol open waters directed by a control and command centre. These units would be deployed from Canadian icebreakers or Navy ships.
Not long ago the Canadian Northwest Passage became a viable route for ships. This passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of Canada and it features multiple waterways. In the coming year I think Canada will need to explore and occupy this remote territory and use special robotic units like the Sea-Drone in order to reduce risk and optimize surveillance operations.
How it works
The Sea-Drone would be based on an existing Sea-doo model like the RXT-X-260 but it wouldn’t have any seats or steering since it would be a robotic watercraft it could operate autonomously or be piloted remotely. We have created multiple versions to show how they could look and all of them are equipped with a stabilized aquatic camera, powerful led light and active illumination technology for night operations.
The stabilized sea-worthy cameras will record video and images from other ships and relay them across the world by satellite or to a cell tower mounted on the main ship. The purpose of the drone would be to identify intruders and relay the video feed to the command centre
At the front of each craft there would be strong tow hook to tow and even lift the vehicle out of the water. At the back there would be a quick connect system attached to a spring loaded towing cord or an electric winch. Therefore a Sea-drone would be able to back up near another unit in distress and bring it back to the main ship or tow small boats.
A stronger and more resistant material could be used for the hull and body to make sure the Sea-Drone could sustain impacts from floating ice and the cold weather. Kevlar fibre for instance could be a good candidate and there are other ways to beef up the hull. The SD-44 model (see image) was design with this in mind. The SD-88 model was created with packaging in mind. The Marine Camera would be be lowered inside the hull and you would be able to stack units on top of each other.
What it’s used for
The Sea-Drone would go out on 2h patrol missions to look behind all the hidden channels and islands where the command and control ship would not venture. They could also serve to deter other ship from venturing in restricted waters. The Sea-Drone’s could carry and extra fuel tank or various loads such as radar sensors, military and rescue equipment.
The Sea-Drone renderings were produced by Matt Betteker, who is located in South Jultland, Denmark. Matt studied at the College for Creative Studies and works as a Senior Designer for LEGO.