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Airbus Drone

Unread post by Splat » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:56 am

Interesting times ahead considering this is my line of work (O&G)


Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions, to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage.

The drone was carrying .5kg of 3D printed consumables to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel ‘M/V Pacific Centurion’. After landing safely on the ship deck and depositing its cargo to the shipmaster, the unmanned air vehicle swiftly returned to its base, with the entire flight completed in ten minutes.
The trials are being undertaken in conjunction with partner Wilhelmsen Ships Services. During the trials, the drone will lift off from the pier with a payload capability of up to 4kg, and navigate autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial corridors’ to vessels as far as 3km from the coast.
The use of unmanned aircraft systems in the maritime industry paves the way for possible enlargement of the existing ship agency services’ portfolio, speeding up deliveries by up to six times, lowering delivery costs by up to 90%, reducing carbon footprint, and significantly mitigating risks of accidents associated with launch-boat deliveries.
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Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:55 am

Is the ship side control also done via video link or is there "a man in the loop" on the vessel :?:
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Unread post by Splat » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:04 am

Ugly Duckling wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:55 am
Is the ship side control also done via video link or is there "a man in the loop" on the vessel :?:
This I would like to know as well!

Our OPL vessel calls usually sit 7 miles offshore Cape Town port, so, swells and deck roll and pitch are certainly considerations when it comes to landing. Having been on a few launches myself, things can definitely get exciting.
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Unread post by Jack Welles » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:31 am

Maybe a combo could work off CT?

Take the goodies out in a vessel but then you don't have to physically make contact with the target ship but uplift the stuff from the delivery vessel to the target ship with a drone when within X distance?

Maybe helpful in rough weather?
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Unread post by Deanw » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:30 am

Further details and a video can be found at http://www.asdnews.com/news/aerospace/2 ... tent=title

In the video, a RC Controller can be seen hanging from the neck of one of the people.
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Unread post by skytrooper » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:56 pm

Well thats fair, makes for a good full time drone job on the deck as well as on land, upping your landing skills on the ship, on a daily basis, every day's a challenge !
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