DriX is the name of the unmanned autonomous boat designed by iXblue to carry out hydrographic and geophysical surveys in offshore and coastal missions.

Bibby HydroMap, one of the leading suppliers of hydrographic and geophysical studies in the United Kingdom and Northern Europe, has teamed up with iXblue to bring DriX to the European market, an autonomous unmanned surface vessel (AUSV).

Specially designed with a helmet shape optimized to develop both coastal and offshore missions.

iXblue, specialist in maritime navigation and positioning, has developed this boat during the last year to revolutionize the hydrographic study market.

It is built using high-tech composite materials, laminated by vacuum infusion and reinforced with kevlar.

DriX can operate with great stability and has excellent offshore performance. They are insured up to 7 days of data acquisition, reaching a speed of up to 14 knots. It has multiple navigation options ranging from full autonomy, autopilot, remotely supervised, tracking function, and “marauder” mode.

DriX will be used to complete the existing measurement capabilities of the projects that Bibby HydroMap is carrying out.

Among its characteristics are the collection and transmission of data, change of loads located in the gondola, two meters below the surface to be located in a medium free of bubbles and reduced noise. The design has been optimized for coastal and offshore missions, with high-performance hull design, reduced fuel consumption and also operates in ecological mode. The boat has an integrated multibeam echo sounder system (Teledyne RESON SeaBat T50).

The collected data can be transmitted via WiFi. Its length is almost 8 m, the beam is 0.7 m and it has a displacement of 1.4 t.


Source: Sector Maritimo