First tests of the unique “Flying Boat” are going to be held in the waters of the Neva River in July-August 2019.
The first distinguishing feature of this new vehicle is an intelligent decision-making system, which was developed especially for this craft by specialists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU). The vehicle is capable to move along a predetermined trajectory using GPS and independently decides on perform of manoeuvres, as well as to indicate obstacles and bypass them. The “Flying Boat’s” control system is equipped with an automatic mechanism that enables it to make decisions, taking into account international rules for preventing collisions of ships.
The second distinguishing feature is that the craft is capable to move at high speed (up to 200 km per hour) with almost unlimited drive range thanks to solar panels, which are installed both on the hull and wings of the “airplane”. They are operated together with the energy consumption planning system (CPS). Due to CPS vehicle is able to accumulate energy in day-time and spend it during the nights.