The system is composed by an Unmanned Surface Vehicle, a communications link and a Ground Control Station:
• The Unmanned Surface Vehicle is developed from a commercial boat which meets the requirements of the final application. The standard boat design includes some specific modifications related to the physical configuration and the on-board electronics. The boat is also provided with the unmanned capabilities thanks to the installation of electronics interfaces, on-board software and dedicated communications equipment. On-board payloads (sensors, mechanical equipment, etc.) are defined and integrated according to the application.
• The high bandwidth communications link provides enough capability to send to the Ground Control Station in real time all information gathered by the on-board sensors and the boat telemetries. It also allows to receive the telecommands sent by the GCS. The system has a nominal link and a backup one to ensure a high effectiveness.
The Ground Control Station receives and processes payload data plus navigation & housekeeping boat/engine telemetries. All data are listed and plotted in ad-hoc software applications. Boat position is showed at any time in an electronics navigation chart as well as the position of surrounding vessels.