BlueBoat Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) by Blue Robotics

£3,960.00 Excl. VAT

Discover the BlueBoat by Blue Robotics Inc – an affordable robotic unmanned surface vessel (USV) boasting a unique hull design, limitless expansion, and utilising the open-source BlueOS software – making this platform ideal for water quality and hydrographic surveys and other developments in aquatic robotics development.

Price includes the BlueBoat BaseStation

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Product Description

The BlueBoat 120 from Blue Robotics Inc. was designed from the ground up to enable easy and affordable access to unmanned surface vessels (USVs) just like they achieved with their BlueROV2 with ROVs /underwater drones.

In comparison to many options on the market, the BlueBoat 120 provides significant improvements and is an affordable and highly configurable platform.

With its adaptable electronics, ample payload mounts, and open-source BlueOS software, it’s a seamless platform for sonar and sensor integration, designed to be endlessly expandable for your unique needs.

Payload Capacity and Options

The Blue Robotics BlueBoat 120 is designed to be equipped with a multitude of payload options, the only limitation is your imagination. All of the control systems, electronics, power supply via onboard batteries, and wiring are conveniently located in the twin hulls leaving ample room between the hulls for payload integration. The flat inner walls of the hulls are specifically designed to minimise wake, ensuring the USV is ideally suited to carrying sonar and other sensitive sensors and payloads.

The BlueBoat 120 has a payload carrying capacity of up to 15 kg (including batteries for power and payload). Payload mounting points are located on the bottom of each hull and on the cross members and brackets, enabling the mounting of any sensor package such as single beam echosounders, small multibeam echosounders or side scan sonars, water quality sondes, downward facing camera systems, navigational systems or laser scanners.

Both hulls feature dry space for additional electronics and other internal hardware integration with simple access to dedicated payload power rails, and easy inter-hull communications and wiring. Each hull also features holes for electrical penetrators or connectors.

What About Weed and Debris? – No Problem!

Worried about getting stuck on weeds or debris? We know such situations are often inconvenient and sometime expensive. Unlike other USV solutions on the market that rely on user intervention and a degree of luck. The BlueBoat has been designed with this issue in mind and is well suited to avoid these occurrences – allowing you to get on with your mission with peace of mind.

The BlueBoat’s incorporates a uniquely shaped deep hull which pushes weeds and debris down and away from the two M200 Motor driven propellers, featuring a highly swept weedless design to sweep away anything that isn’t pushed out of the way by the hulls.

The result is a survey platform that can undertake surveys in weed filled lakes and rivers, access shallow coastal environments and even cruise through plastic-polluted waters.

How Far? and How Long?

The Blue Robotics BlueBoat 120 has impressive endurance, when fully loaded with batteries it can delivery over 60 hours of continuous operating time. Even a single battery, can give enough power for up to 9 hours of operation and can cover over 30 km distance.

Communications with the BlueBoat

A long-range 2.4 GHz wifi radio connects the BaseStation box to the BlueBoat from up to 1 km away using the omni directional antennas that are included as standard. The BaseStation has an internal battery as well as a USB-C port for charging and a hardwired network connection.

More than one BlueBoat? Not a problem, multiple BlueBoats can be connected through a single BaseStation box. The BlueBoat will be compatible with other types of communication for longer range, such as 4G LTE and Iridium satellite communications – this is a future feature that will be compatible with the existing design, allowing for easy future upgrade.

Autonomous Operation

Blue Robotics BlueBoat USV on autonomous survey

As standard, every BlueBoat 120 includes a Navigator Flight Controller, GNSS / GPS receiver, and the open source ArduRover control firmware enabling advanced autonomous navigation capabilities.

The BlueBoat can perform precise waypoint navigation, position hold at a given location, follow-me manoeuvres, safety geo-fencing to prevent access to restricted areas, automatic return-to-home if radio signal is lost or on other triggers.

Using open source software such as QGroundControl or Mission Planner, missions can be planned and uploaded to the BlueBoat via a simple graphic user interface making it quick and easy to design a complex mission.

What about manual control? Of course if you wish to pilot the USV manually you can use a joystick controller to control all features of the Blue Boat.

What Else Do I Need to Get Started?

The BlueBoat 120 is delivered nearly fully assembled with only a few minutes of user assembly required to get ready for their first mission.

In addition you will require the following:

  • Laptop / Tablet– a medium to high-end model with Windows 10, Mac, or Linux operating system is required. Some compatible tablets including the Windows Surface tablets can also be used. At present iOS and Android are not officially supported.
  • Battery – We recommend the 14.8v, 15.6Ah lithium-ion battery for the best battery life. Being UK based distributors and holding these in stock, we can ship these to you via specialist courier. These cannot be purchased direct from the USA.
  • Battery Charger – We have a the Blue Robotics H6 PRO Lithium Battery Charger.
  • Gamepad Controller (optional) – For manual control, we recommend a controller like the Xbox Wireless Controller.

BlueBoat 120 – Product Specification

ParameterValue
Performance
Endurance @ 1 m/s (~30 W), no payload:
2 Batteries (532 Wh, 2.4 kg)18 hrs (65 km)
4 Batteries (1064 Wh, 4.7 kg)36 hrs (130 km)
6 Batteries (1596 Wh, 7.0 kg50 hrs (180 km)
8 Batteries (2128 Wh, 9.3 kg)62 hrs (220 km)
Solar Power (user equipped)Indefinite
Maximum Speed (2 batteries, no payload)3 m/s / 6 kts
Maximum Static Thrust8.2 kgf
Temperature Rating (air)-25 to 40°C
Temperature Rating (water)0 to 40°C
SteeringSkid Steering
Payload and Expansion Capabilities
Payload Capacity (batteries + payload)15 kg
Payload PowerBattery Voltage @ 60 A (Direct Connection)
Battery Voltage @ 10 A (Fuse Board)
5V Auxiliary @ 5 A (Fuse Board)
Penetrator Holes (Starboard Hatch Lid)2 x M10
Area to drill more
Penetrator Holes (Port Hatch Lid)4 x M10
2 x M14
Area to drill more
Available Ports and Interfaces3 x Serial UART
Ethernet (Blue Robotics Ethernet Switch required)
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x 16-bit ADC (3.3 V)
1 x 16-bit ADC (6.6 V)
Physical
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height)120 x 93 x 46 cm (deployed)
120 x 71 x 24 cm (folded)
120 x 46 x 20 cm (packaged)
Weight (no batteries or payload)14.5 kg
Freeboard (2 batteries, no payload)160 mm
Maximum Draft (maximum payload)320 mm
Propulsion2 x M200 Motor w/ Weedless Propeller
Propeller Diameter112 mm
Navigation Light5V 2W LED, White All-Around, PWM-Programmable Flashing
Primary MaterialsLDPE (hulls)
30% Glass-filled Polycarbonate
Anodized Aluminum
Stainless Steel
Communications
Wireless Communications Protocol802.11a/b/g/n (2412 – 2462MHz)
Wireless RouterMikroTik RBGroove-52HPn
Default Wireless ConfigurationClient Mode (CPE)
BaseStation Router Default IP Address192.168.2.3
BlueBoat Router Default IP Address192.168.2.4
Included Antenna7dbi 2.4Ghz Omnidirectional, N-Male Connector
Wireless Range (w/ included antennas)up to 1 km
Wireless Range (w/ directional antennas, not included)>10 km
Cellular & Satellite CommunicationsCapable, see integration guides
Software
Vehicle ControlArduRover
Onboard Operating SystemBlueOS
Onboard Operating System Default Addressblueos.local (192.168.2.2)
Recommended Mission-planning SoftwareQGroundControl or Mission Planner
Navigation CapabilitiesManual Control (w/ Joystick)
Waypoint Navigation (Auto)
Click-to-Navigate (Guided)
Position Hold (Loiter)
Return-to-Home (if connection lost)
Electronics and Electrical System
Onboard ComputerRaspberry Pi 4 w/ BlueOS
Flight ControllerNavigator
Sensors6-DOF IMU
Dual 3-DOF compasses
Internal barometer
GPSmRobotics M10034-M9N, (NEO-M9N, IST8308)
Speed ControllersBasic ESC 500 (BlueBoat Configuration)
Power Load SwitchingPowerSwitch (120A, 4S/6S Battery, Current/Voltage Sense, 5V/8A Out)
Recommended BatteryBlue Robotics 4S Lithium-Ion
Input Voltage Range12–26 VDC¹ (4S–6S Batteries)
4S Low Battery Voltage Protection Cutoff8 V
6S Low Battery Voltage Protection Cutoff12 V
5V Auxiliary Output5 A
Individual Battery Fuses60 A MIDI
System Fuse150 A MIDI
Fuse BoardMini-ATC (2 A, 5 A, 10 A fuses included)
Regulatory
Harmonized code8907.90.0090 (BlueBoat only)
9015.80.8080 (when equipped with hydrographic sensors)
Compatible Control Computer Operating System
WindowsWindows 10 64-bit or later
MacOS10.20 or later
Ubuntu20.04 LTS or later
Recommended Control Computer Hardware
Processori5 processor equivalent or better
RAM8GB or more
StorageSolid-state drive (SSD)
¹ Voltages up to 26V may be used at reduced throttle level.

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