BlueRobotics BlueBoat Uncrewed Surface Vessel

BlueRoboticsSKU: RB-Blu-258
Manufacturer #: BR-101447

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Description

  • BlueBoat Uncrewed Surface Vessel by BlueRobotics
  • Payload: up to 15 kg
  • Offers the most affordable surface vessel
  • Comes almost fully assembled
  • Weedless hull and propeller design
  • Includes Navigator Flight Controller and Base Station
  • Rugged construction and compact transport size

The BlueRobotics BlueBoat Uncrewed Surface Vessel is the planet’s most affordable surface vessel for hydrographic surveys, robotic systems development, and scientific missions. Its weedless hull and propeller design, rugged construction, and compact transport size make it reliable and convenient to use, while its flexible electronics architecture, ample payload mounting areas, and open-source BlueOS software system make it an ideal platform for the integration of sonars and other sensors.

The BlueBoat is designed to carry any payload that you want to integrate and to do so better than any other vehicle its size. All of the control electronics, batteries, and wiring fit into the hulls so that the space between the hulls is completely dedicated to payload integration. The hulls are designed with flat inner walls, creating a low-wake sensor area ideal for survey sonars.

The BlueBoat can carry up to 15 kg (33 lb) of batteries and payload. The cross members, brackets, and the bottom of the hull have mounting points so that you can mount anything, whether it’s a hydrographic survey echosounder, an enclosure full of prototype electronics, or both.

From the beginning, the vision for the BlueBoat has been one of reliability and trustworthiness. From experiences with the SolarSurfer getting stuck in weeds or debris quickly turns your uncrewed vehicle into an inconvenient and expensive rescue situation. So this unique design eliminates that problem.

The BlueBoat’s unique deep hull shape pushes weeds and debris down and out of the way. Anything that isn’t pushed down is brushed away by highly swept weedless propellers driven by two M200 Motors. That means that whether you’re doing a bathymetric survey in a weed-filled lake or studying a plastic-polluted waterway, you can count on the BlueBoat to get it done.

Every BlueBoat includes a Navigator Flight Controller, GPS, and ArduRover control firmware with advanced autonomous navigation capabilities. Out of the box, it can perform precision GPS waypoint navigation, the position holds at a location, follow-me maneuvers, geo-fencing, automatic return-to-home if a radio signal is lost, and more. Drag-and-drop mission planning makes it easy to design a complex mission in minutes.

The BlueBoat has a long-range wifi radio that connects to the BaseStation box from up to 1 km away using the standard antennas. The BaseStation acts as a wifi access point that you can connect to and interact with the boat. It has an internal battery as well as a USB-C port for charging and a hardwired network connection.

  • 1x BlueRobotics BlueBoat Uncrewed Surface Vessel
  • 120 x 93 x 46 cm (deployed) / 47 x 36.5 x 18 in (deployed) (L x W x H)
  • 120 x 71 x 24 cm (folded) / 47 x 28 x 9.5 in (folded) (L x W x H)
  • 120 x 46 x 20 cm (packaged) / 47 x 18 x 8 in (packaged) (L x W x H)
  • Freeboard (2 batteries, no payload): 160 mm / 6.3 inch
  • Maximum Draft (maximum payload): 320 mm / 12.6 inch
  • Propeller Diameter: 112 mm / 4.4 inch

Performance

  • 2 Batteries (532 Wh, 2.4 kg): 18 hrs (65 km)
  • 4 Batteries (1064 Wh, 4.7 kg): 36 hrs (130 km)
  • 6 Batteries (1596 Wh, 7.0 kg): 50 hrs (180 km)
  • 8 Batteries (2128 Wh, 9.3 kg): 62 hrs (220 km)
  • Solar Power (user equipped): Indefinite
  • Maximum Speed (2 batteries, no payload): 3 m/s
  • Maximum Static Thrust: 8.2 kgf
  • Temperature Rating (air): -25 to 40 °C
  • Temperature Rating (water): 0 to 40 °C
  • Steering: Skid Steering
  • Payload Capacity (batteries + payload): 15 kg

Electronics and Electrical System

  • Onboard Computer: Raspberry Pi 4 w/ BlueOS
  • Flight Controller: Navigator
  • Sensors: 6-DOF IMU | Dual 3-DOF compasses | Internal barometer
  • GPS: mRobotics M10034-M9N, (NEO-M9N, IST8308)
  • Speed Controllers: Basic ESC 500 (BlueBoat Configuration)
  • Power Load Switching: PowerSwitch (120A, 4S/6S Battery, Current/Voltage Sense, 5V/8A Out)
  • Recommended Battery: Blue Robotics 4S Lithium-Ion
  • Input Voltage Range: 12–26 VDC¹ (4S–6S Batteries)
  • 4S Low Battery Voltage Protection Cutoff: 8 V
  • 6S Low Battery Voltage Protection Cutoff: 12 V
  • 5V Auxiliary Output: 5 A
  • Individual Battery Fuses: 60 A MIDI
  • System Fuse: 150 A MIDI
  • Fuse Board: Mini-ATC (2 A, 5 A, 10 A fuses included)

Communications

  • Wireless Communications Protocol: 802.11a/b/g/n (2412 - 2462MHz)
  • Wireless Router: MikroTik RBGroove-52HPn
  • Default Wireless Configuration: Client Mode (CPE)
  • BaseStation Router Default IP Address: 192.168.2.3
  • BlueBoat Router Default IP Address: 192.168.2.4
  • Included Antenna: 7 dBi 2.4Ghz Omnidirectional, N-Male Connector
  • Wireless Range (w/ included antennas): up to 1 km | up to 0.54 nm
  • Wireless Range (w/ directional antennas, not included): >10 km | >5.4 nm
  • Cellular & Satellite Communications: Capable, see integration guides

Software

  • Vehicle Control: ArduRover
  • Onboard Operating System: BlueOS
  • Onboard Operating System Default Address: blueos.local (192.168.2.2)
  • Recommended Mission-planning Software: QGroundControl or Mission Planner

Compatible Operating System

  • Windows: Windows 10 64-bit or later
  • MacOS: 10.20 or later
  • Ubuntu: 20.04 LTS or later

Physical

  • Propulsion: 2x M200 Motor w/ Weedless Propeller
  • Navigation Light: 5V 2W LED, White All-Around, PWM-Programmable Flashing
  • Primary Materials: LDPE (hulls) | 30% Glass-filled Polycarbonate | Anodized Aluminum | Stainless Steel
  • Weight (no batteries or payload): 14.5 kg

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