CHC Navigation introduces Apache3 marine drone

May 11, 2020  - By

Highly cost-effective autonomous marine drone for bathymetric surveys

Photo: CHC Navigation

Photo: CHC Navigation

The new Apache3 Marine Drone — 2020 Edition provides a series of new features and additional enhancements to make lake, river and coastal hydrographic surveys more productive, according to maker CHC Navigation.

Combining a dual GNSS positioning and heading sensor, a stable and reliable hull attitude and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor, the Apache3 unmanned surface vehicle (USV) allows an uninterrupted survey while passing under bridges.

Its high-efficiency 8-meters-per-second motors and absolute straight-line technology enable a fully automatic, predetermined course in adverse current conditions.

The Apache3 features include:

  • GNSS/INS control box to maintain high accuracy during transient GNSS outage
  • Integrated 4G and LAN transmission module
  • Sonic radar for obstacle avoidance
  • Automatic return to base planning
  • 360° PTZ camera (pan, tilt, zoom)
  • Overspeed engines to allow operation in most water conditions

According to CHC Navigation, the Apache3 — 2020 Edition offers an exceptional feature/price ratio, making it one of the most competitive professional marine UAV solutions for single-beam bathymetric surveys.

Photo: CHC Navigation

Photo: CHC Navigation

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.