Seasats vehicles perform normally in conditions up to Sea State 4. Rougher weather than this may affect navigation, but with robust hull design and self-righting capabilities, X3s are built to survive anything the ocean can throw at them. Even if a storm blows a vehicle off course, it will resume its mission as soon as possible.
With no input from the solar panels, the X3 has enough battery storage to transit about 160 miles. This type of situation is rare, however, as even in poor weather the panels generate electricity.
If solar exposure is severely limited (i.e. at high latitudes), the vehicle’s indefinite cruise speed may be lowered to save power.
During an autonomous mission, X3s use a variety of sensing mechanisms to detect obstacles in their path, groundings or fouled propellers, and sudden impacts. If any of these things occur, a vehicle will take evasive action and notify an operator. He/she may choose to take over manual control or let the vehicle respond autonomously.
Go for it!
We’ve crane-dropped an X3 from as high as 12 feet before, and trained pilots can deploy payloads from that altitude. If you’d like more information on this capability please reach out and we’ll provide more details.
The standard navigation system provides accuracy within a few meters. High-precision options that reduce tracking error to less than 1 meter are available.
The X3 travels with a collapsible dolly that makes moving the ASV easy. If you’re launching from a boat ramp, that same dolly is all you need. If you’re launching from a boat or dock, two people can drop it off the side or use the included harness to lower from a crane or davit.
Saltwater, freshwater, warm, cold — anywhere in the world. Seasats vehicles are portable enough to reach remote areas, and with cell and satellite communications they can be monitored or controlled from across the globe.
We offer a two-day training that gives users sufficient understanding to plan missions and then launch, control, and recover a vehicle. No training is required for data-only customers since we operate the vehicles for them.
Probably! We have completed custom integrations in the past and now consider them on a case-by-case basis. Shoot us a message describing your payload and we’ll tell you whether or not it’s feasible.
After your vehicle is delivered, we recommend starting with a two-day training. Once you have the basic functions down, you can start adding or swapping payloads as desired. Since you own the ASV, feel free to make permanent modifications too. We will provide basic support, and service packs are available if you would like hands-on assistance.
The first step is to let us know what data you want, from where, and across what time period. Once we’ve finalized the project scope, your work is done — we will launch an ASV with the appropriate sensors, collect and communicate the desired data, and deliver it to you promptly. You’ll have a read-only login to the UI so you can monitor the ongoing mission if you’d like, but we take responsibility for safe and successful mission completion.
Recurring missions can also be arranged.