DriX

Developed by iXblue, DriX has been designed to provide a true extension of survey capability from shallow and inshore waters to a full offshore environment

A new, internationally-patented 8-metre Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel that revolutionises the productivity of hydrographic survey vessels. DriX has been designed with autonomy in mind at every stage, from launch and recovery to data acquisition. With its impressive endurance and capability of high speeds even in challenging sea environment; the on-board control system is able to conduct complex and lengthy surveys by following a pre-planned route, whilst maintaining complete awareness of the surrounding risks and adapting its behaviour to compensate for changing conditions, obstacles and requirements.

Capable of carrying a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload, or equally able to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, this new breed of AUSV is the first truly autonomous survey platform that rivals the performance of a traditional survey vessel.

The overall performance provides:

  • Exceptional manoeuvrability within the wind farm environment
  • Ease of operation and control throughout
  • Excellent data quality at increased speed
  • Simple and rapid deployment to site

AUSV's key features:

  • Vacuum-infusion composite construction
  • Kevlar reinforced 
  • Interchangeable survey sensors, live data view and simplified data download
  • Design optimised for both coastal and offshore missions 
  • Highly efficient hull shape

Efficient Survey Platform:

  • Excellent platform stability for data acquisition, especially at high speed
  • Payload located in the gondola, two meters under the surface in an acoustically quiet and bubble free environment
  • Data-sharing with the mothership to allow monitoring of acquisition

Key benefits:

  • Unmanned architecture providing an extended  working domain 
  • Low weight and narrow beam to reduce the footprint whilst on deck
  • Reduced fuel consumption and ECO mode 
  • Welcomes third party equipment 
  • Reduces the requirement for offshore personnel

Safety Features:

  • Manual override possible at all times 
  • ‘Take me home’ function 
  • Never-to-exceed safety distance when operating in close proximity of another asset (or support vessel) to avoid collision 
  • COLREG compliance
Displacement1.4 tonnes
Length7.7m
Beam0.7m
Draft2m
Max. speed14 knots
EnduranceUp to 7 days
Control optionsFully autonomous, semi-autonomous, direct remote control
CommunicationsWiFi, radio, SATCOMS