First small unmanned cargo ship in pipeline

First small unmanned cargo ship in pipeline

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A Chinese high-tech company is building the world's first small-sized unmanned cargo ship, demonstrating that China is taking the lead in the unmanned surface vehicle industry. On Wednesday, the Shenzhen-based Oceanalpha Co Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding with Wuhan University of Technology, the Chinese Classification Society and the Zhuhai municipal government to start a project that will result in the small-sized unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. "It will be the first USV that is entirely domestically developed with Chinese technology and guided by the Bei dou navigation system," said Sun Feng, vice-president of CCS. The vehicle will be ready to test in the water by the end of next year and put into commercial operation by 2019. It will have a loading capacity of 500 metric tons and be…
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The 4th OceanAlpha USV(Unmanned Surface Vessel) technology workshop

The 4th OceanAlpha USV(Unmanned Surface Vessel) technology workshop

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On 11th Dec.2017 there are total 14 agents from more than 10 countries around the world gathering in Oceanalpha located in Zhuhai, China to accept the USV technology training, among which some are from hydrographic surveying companies based in United States, Australia, Chile which are mainly dedicated to bathymetric survey of dam, tailing ponds and other mining area, others are environmental companies from Poland, India and Thailand, specializing in the water quality sampling and such as lake reservoir, revers ,coastal area and major in water quality monitoring parameters: PH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, opacity, conductivity, COD etc. Also the unmanned system field in Middle East showed great interest and participated in this workshop. They are expected to coordinate UAV with USV applying to secure and patrol field. [caption id="attachment_142" align="alignnone" width="564"]…
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The Antarctic Pole, here we come! Unmanned Surface Vessel from Oceanalpha heading for the south Pole.

The Antarctic Pole, here we come! Unmanned Surface Vessel from Oceanalpha heading for the south Pole.

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An unmanned surface vessel is incessantly exploring by breaking the ice and facing the waves in remote area of the Antarctic pole. The 34th of Chinese scientific expedition to the South Pole was launched in November 2017. M80B--multibeam echo sounder USV jointly developed by PLA navy surveying and mapping institute, National oceanographic bureau of the south China sea investigation technology and Oceanalpha, accompanying with named “Xue Long” the polar science research ship proceeded straight to the south, going to the NANYAN Island located in Ross Archipelago and excellently fulfilled anchorage depth surveying work for the Chinese fifth research station in Antarctica. [caption id="attachment_137" align="alignnone" width="548"] Getting ready to go [/caption] The harsh climatic conditions and complexly diverse Marine dynamic environments bring great challenges to the navigation of “XUE LONG”in this…
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Oceanalpha USV assists” National Action”: Scientific investigation on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in exploring “the third pole” on the earth.

Oceanalpha USV assists” National Action”: Scientific investigation on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in exploring “the third pole” on the earth.

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China initiated on a large scale synthetic investigation on” the third pole” Qinghai-Tibet plateau of the earth more than 40 years later. The new technologies of USV (unmanned surface vessel) and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) were used firstly for the scientific investigation on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau this time. Unmanned surface vessel from Oceanalpa took part in this world-famous “National Action” as the sole unmanned surface vessel platform. Oceanalpha USVs accompanying with scientific experts from Chinese Academy of Sciences yesterday morning launched scientific investigation on the plateau lake--the largest lake in Ti-bet, for which CCTV News Channel conducted live broadcast entirely. Oceanalpha USV autonomously measured the depth and the bottom topography of the lake according to the navigation lines set up in advance by carrying echo sounder instrument, meanwhile monitoring PH,…
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From UAVs to USVs, the big tech chase goes on

From UAVs to USVs, the big tech chase goes on

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By Li Wen fang and Chai Hua in Zhuhai Editor’s note: Innovators have never ceased in their relentless pursuit of tech prowess. A Chinese mainland startup has made a big leap into the fledgling unmanned surface vessels market — an industry that’s set to immensely benefit scientific and marine research, and projected to hit new highs worldwide by 2021. (BILLY WONG / CHINA DAILY) Zhang Yunfei grew up as an avid fan of ship models, and has taken that passion to a grand new stage. Seven years on after embarking on his entrepreneurial journey by launching a startup in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, his company boasts commanding a 90-percent share of the nascent market for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) — a business that promises to go a long way in revolutionizing…
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