September 5, 2016

Wave Glider® [USV]

A long duration creation.

The Wave Glider® is the industry’s most proven, long-duration unmanned surface vehicle designed and manufactured by Liquid Robotics. The Wave Glider revolutionizes how we explore and understand the world’s oceans by gathering data in ways or locations previously too costly or challenging to operate. Powered by wave and solar energy, the Wave Glider is an autonomous, unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that operates individually or in fleets delivering real-time data for up to a year with no fuel. 

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We focus on duration.

We know the future is unmanned

Powered by nature, the Wave Glider® is the only proven unmanned surface robot for real-time ocean data collection and communications over long durations and in varying sea states. Sitting at the surface, the Wave Glider is the essential sea floor to space link creating a network to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
The ocean is full of power and information. The WaveGlider is designed to capture both. With the latest advancements in energy harvesting and propulsion, combined with a payload and sensor architecture, the WaveGlider is a persistent mobile data-gathering platform.
Converting Wave Motion Into Propulsion - Wave energy is greatest at the water’s surface, decreasing rapidly with increasing depth. The Wave Glider’s unique two-part architecture exploits this difference in energy to provide forward propulsion.
Operate the Wave Glider individually or in fleets with fewer pilots and less risk. Change missions in real-time to adapt to new operational requirements. Other key capabilities include: Programmable course navigation including precise hold-station capabilities Vessel detection and avoidance Multi-vehicle fleet operations Flexible piloting, sea-side control, and 3rd party navigation support
A flexible design makes it easy to reconfigure or adjust onboard payloads on the fly. The optimized motion and sound isolation systems and persistence make the Wave Glider well suited for towed acoustic sensors. Plug and play payloads Multiple sensor placement options Payload health check sensors Massive towing capability
Water Speed: 1kt to 3kts Endurance: Up to 1 year Operating Water Depth: > 15m Station Keeping: 40m radius (CEP90) Payload: 7 modular bays Tow Capability: Up to 500kg mass Average Continuous Power: 5W – 20W Max Solar Collection: 156W Battery Storage: 0.9kWh – 4.5kWh Communications: Satellite, Cell, Wi-Fi