Initially focussing on C-Enduro, a long endurance autonomous surface vehicle, Planet Ocean will be working alongside the ASV team to provide standard and customised payloads for marine science missions.
The C-Enduro concept was developed under a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) led by NOC and co-funded by National Environment Research Council (NERC), NOC’s parent body, with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL).
Part of the project consortium Hyperdrive Innovation has successfully designed and built the powertrain and integrated on-board electronic systems, powered by solar and wind renewables, for the first two vessels in operation.
The C-Enduro was put through its paces in a number of trials earlier in the year, in the challenging waters off west Scotland. On these trials C-Enduro was fitted with its wind turbine, completing the three pillar power structure, also comprising solar panels and a lightweight diesel generator.