XOcean XO USV (Unmanned Surface Vessel) [MOC]

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This build represents a remotely operated surface vessel (USV) of the type operated by XOcean to conduct a range of monitoring/survey missions at sea. I was inspired to build it after spotting one of the vessels operating just off the coast where I live (at first I thought it was a whale :blush:) The vessels can operate for 18 days at sea and are remotely controlled by a human operator via satellite. The can carry up to 100kg of sensors allowing them to: monitor the weather/ocean conditions, survey the seabed, monitor fish stocks and collect data from seabed sensors. 

The vessel is about the size of a car and can be transported by road and launched from a boat trailer. The hull itself would be covered in solar panels, which along with internal batteries and micro diesel generators, power the sensors and electric motors.

 49695183227_aa9b72a281_c.jpgUntitled by g.nat, on Flickr

The top platform carries a GPS system, navigation lights and a weather station.

49695183132_b1ed9484b4_c.jpgUntitled by g.nat, on Flickr

At the rear is the main broadband satellite system antenna

49694878381_7ae02196d4_c.jpgUntitled by g.nat, on Flickr

My version is still a bit of a WIP as I'm still tweaking on the underside/hull design but I think it looks OK so far!!

Thanks for looking... comments are always welcome.

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Looks very cool! I've never seen one so cannot comment on its realistic appearance, but it certainly looks as if it could work in a modern seashore or port area of a city setup.  I love the details on it, like the top platform and rear antenna.  Very well done!

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