Robosys Voyager Series

Robosys Voyager

Robosys is a software company working with equipment manufacturers, boat builders and shipyards to develop, build and commission a wide range of autonomous vessels.

We provide the software which controls the vessel and its equipment.  Some clients have a vessel they wish to convert to partial or full autonomy; others specify ‘new build’. Whichever, our team of experts will work alongside you throughout the life of the contract to ensure that the vessel and the software deliver successful outcomes safely and reliably, 24/7.

We are proud to offer the Voyager range of autonomous vessel software platforms.  Please click on the links below for more details.

Voyager Software

Robosys Voyager 100

It may be many years before we see unmanned vessels regularly at sea without a ‘minder’ not far away.  But we know that our technology can also be utilised in manned vessels to augment the existing crew.

So, following successful sea trials in the North Sea, Robosys are now offering the Voyager 100 package, which supports manned vessels at sea by providing an ‘intelligent Autopilot’ system, capable of following a safe navigational route, using all available sensors to manoeuvre the vessel as a power-driven vessel in accordance with COLREGs.

Robosys Voyager 100 is designed to support the Bridge team in a manned vessel.  The vessel remains under the control of the crew; Robosys Voyager 100 acts like another  Officer of the Watch to keep the vessel safe whilst on passage.  It acts in support of the Master or Officer of the Watch, who may have a number of additional responsibilities in a lean-manned vessel.  Robosys Voyager 100 can plan and execute a safe navigational plan using the best hydrographic data available, keeping the Command aware of its actions and intentions and warning of developing COLREGs situations.  It will pilot the vessel along the planned track, employing Robosys Obstacle Avoidance Software to comply with COLREGs and bring the vessel safely to its destination.

Robosys Voyager 100 can provide remote machinery monitoring capabilities if required.

The Master of the vessel can set the operating parameters of Robosys Voyager 100 to take account of the prevailing circumstances and conditions, including navigational hazards, density of traffic, the prevailing weather conditions and any special circumstances of the vessel herself.

Robosys Voyager 100 is integrated into the vessel’s Autopilot, engine management and surveillance systems such as radar, sonar and visual/IR cameras.

Robosys Voyager 300

Robosys Voyager 300 takes the basic Voyager 100 software and introduces full remote piloting functionality.  This involves the addition of camera technology supported by sophisticated RF communications systems, either operating RF Mesh technology or via satellite.  Additional options allow the shorebased operator to control onboard equipment and sensors to complete specific missions.

Ashore, the USV can be controlled from one of our Ground Control Stations.  We offer considerable flexibility here: the client may opt for the lightweight, highly portable GCS-1 which can run from the back of a vehicle using 12V supplies, or a more substantial installation in offices ashore, or our comprehensive mobile centre, suited to controlling more than one USV.

If communications are lost, Robosys Voyager 300 will revert to ’full autonomous mode’ which will bring the Unmanned vessel back to a pre-determined ‘safe haven’.

Robosys Voyager 300 is optimised for high speed craft up to 30m LOA.

Robosys Voyager 500

Robosys Voyager 500 takes the fully autonomous, remote piloting Voyager 300 functionality and delivers it to larger vessels up to 50m LOA.

At sea today...

These vessels were developed and built by Robosys in close cooperation with the US firm 5G Marine and the UAE company Al Seer Marine.

Hydra

Introduced in 2015, Hydra is a 4 metre RHIB, high speed USV. The USV is designed for surveillance and security missions in coastal and inshore waters and can be carried by a larger craft. It is equipped with broad-band (FMCW) radar, depth sounder as well as low light/IR video camera. The modern efficient 1800cc four stroke gasoline engine offers good performance with a top speed of 50+kn while retaining excellent fuel economy and compliant with international emission standards.  Designed with port security in mind, it is unobtrusive but elegant – ideal for an exclusive harbour or anchorage!

Eclipse SOF RHIB USV (Bravo RHIB)

The Eclipse SOF is an autonomous 11m (36 ft) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) that can be operated manned or unmanned, with the insertion/extraction role in mind and therefore aimed primarily at special operations force applications.

Eclipse Family USV (Oscar FRP)

At 11m (36 ft) in length, Eclipse has a hybrid propulsion system for silent running capable of remaining on station for longer periods of time without refuelling and is capable of fulfilling a wide variety of security, surveillance and potentially intervention applications.

USV Type Hydra Bravo RHIB Oscar FRP
Remote Piloting
Autopiloting (holding course)
Autonomous piloting (waypoint to waypoint and Route Navigation)
Loss of Signal programmable procedure
Video Camera – Navigation
Video Camera –Night Vision
Thermal Imaging Camera
Automatic Obstacle Recognition
Radar
Sonar
Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance – Optional
Hybrid Diesel or Electric
GCS Type Light weight portable Fully Integrated Service Fully Integrated Service

Generic USV specification

Basic Features of  a vessel equipped with Robosys Voyager 300

  • GPS antenna
  • Light Camera for Navigation
  • Digital Radar with ARPA
  • Sonar
  • RF Communications
  • Remote Teleoperations with the following options (Joystick or Helm and Lever) Remote start, remote kill and remote start of relays/systems
  • Auto-piloting (Holding course)
  • Autonomous piloting (Navigating a route)
  • Loss of communications safety mechanism
  • Ground Control Station 1-3
  • Basic Navionics charts and Multi-functional displays

Optional Features

  • Satellite Communications
  • Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Target Tracking Camera
  • Gyro Stabilized Camera
  • Gyro Stabilized Platform
  • 3D Imaging and Live 3D anaglyph feeds including depth feed
  • Fully Autonomous operations that include obstacle detection and avoidance using a wide array of user-selected sensors, such as RADAR, Forward Looking Sonar, Stereo Vision and LIDAR
  • Radar absorbent paint/material
  • Hybrid propulsion systems
  • Live streaming engine data
  • Live streaming navigation data
  • Google Maps integration
  • Multiple radar support
  • Inertial Navigation System (INS)
  • Meshed Network and Swarm support