Robotic Boat is a Dam Miracle
Yamaha has come out with a boat to ease the heavy burden of surveyors that measure sediment below dams; the BREEZE10 unmanned boat. Designed to be conned by an onboard operator, by remote or left to work autonomously, the BREEZE10 carries a sophisticated sonar and electronics suite that maps the lake bed while an electric motor drives it silently across the surface. An onboard generator can replenish the ion-lithium batteries, which makes the boat a proper hybrid.
Continue reading for more information on the Yamaha BREEZE10.
Normally you would expect workers to be angry about being replaced by a robotic device, but not in this case. You see, monitoring the sediment that collects in water reservoirs created by dams is an important job. It’s also a miserable one. Primarily done in the winter when rainfall amounts are generally low, surveyors will spend half-a-day setting up a survey boat, then the rest of the day freezing their hirata buns off while trying to hold a steady course in spite of their shivering. “Funtimes for all,” said nobody, ever. The BREEZE10 does the work with no mind to the chilly weather.
Right now it’s just a civilian tool, but this craft is also being developed to support surveillance and even defense missions, so we would do well to hope that it never becomes self-aware.....
|Length × Width × Height:||3.21 m (registered length 2.88 m ) × 1.17 m × 0.89 m (excluding|
antenna and trailer)
|Cargo weight/max. occupants:||166.5 kg/1 person|
|Maximum output:||500W (Yamaha Marine Motor M25)|
|Speed:||Max. 4 knots (7.2 km/h)|
|Continuous operating time:||Approx. 6 hours max.|
|Traversal line navigating accuracy:||±1.5 m (using DGNSS)|
|Battery:||Li-ION 20Ah 24V|
|Generator output:||Max. 1.6 kW (Yamaha inverter generator EF1600iS)|
|Supported sonar:||SONIC2024, SONIC2022 (R2Sonic)|