TideWise and Stable are pleased to confirm successful final tests of a project using an unmanned surface vehicle.

The stabilized drone platform from Stable was selected as the instrument for safeguarding unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations. This research and development project, consisting of an autonomous oil spill detection system, was executed in partnership with Repsol Sinopec Brasil through the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels financing scheme.

The unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are working autonomously and collaboratively, allowing continuous monitoring and detection of oil spills at sea.

“One of the project’s main challenge was accomplishing a safe UAV landing on a moving USV. Based upon a bespoken flexible design, low power consumption long time stabilization references and a proactive engineering team the Stable platform was selected for our project as it removed most of the rolling and pitching motions for securing a successful landing,” says Rafael Coelho, Managing Director of TideWise, a Brazilian technology-based company that provides maritime solutions.

“It has been a unique experience for Stable to adopt our stabilization technology onboard a boat  less than 5 meters long. The professional TideWise team was a pleasure to work with, and the combined resources and intellect successfully enabled autonomous drone operation on a small vessel says CSO & Partner at Stable, Rune M. Eriksen.