Space Entertainment exhibited the “HAMADORI 3000” flying boat drone that can wash away the entire aircraft and take off and land on the water. Using two propellers in front of the aircraft and fixed wings with a width of about 3000 mm, it can take off from the surface of the water in just 1 to 2 seconds and continue to fly for about 2 hours by automatic navigation using GPS.
This year, we announced a major update, such as installing an EO / IR gimbal camera on this HAMADORI 3000 and supporting object tracking. In addition, not only water separation, flight, and landing, but also water movement is fully automated. In an experiment in which three waypoints were set on the surface of the water and the vehicle automatically navigated on a triangle, it was confirmed that the vehicle could automatically navigate even at an acute angle.
Object tracking using a visible light camera was able to recognize a person at the tip of a ship and automatically follow it even from a distance of about 800 m.
This is where the object is being tracked using infrared rays. By the way, the coordinate data of the object is displayed at the bottom right of the screen, and it is designed to track this information.
From this year, we are planning to develop a larger flying boat drone “HAMADORI 6000”, and there was a panel exhibition at the booth. This is about twice the size of the conventional model. Equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, it aims to be an aircraft with a cruising range of over 400 nautical miles. If realized, unmanned surveys near the exclusive economic zone and automatic return to the coast will be possible. The payload is also expanded to about 5 kg.
Examples of applications include crustal movement surveys. By dropping acoustic communication equipment on the subducting oceanic plate and periodically receiving sound waves to grasp the position information, crustal movements are observed and earthquake prediction is performed. According to the previous method, there were problems such as the trouble of arranging a ship, the cost of fuel, and the burden of going to the observation point, and the current situation was that “the survey or research you wanted to do could not be done”.
By utilizing the flying boat drone, the cost and labor can be reduced, and the observation frequency can be increased. It will also be able to carry various payloads such as sonar and water sampling mechanisms.
The HAMADORI 6000 is said to be under development from this year when the design is still underway. At the same time, it plans to develop applications for marine research and web applications that enable real-time viewing and same-day provision of acquired data, aiming for commercial use within three years.