Autonomous Sailboat

An autonomous sailing vessel (ASV) is an unmanned sailboat capable of sailing through water using advanced computerized control systems and sustainable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy. Ideally, an ASV should be a self-regenerating vessel, which means it should be capable of operating without the consumption of any fossil fuels.

An ASV could be used in different areas, such as:

  • Environmental monitoring;
  • Search and rescue;
  • Security and surveillance;
  • Seabed mapping;
  • Cargo transportation

The figure to the left shows the current ASV prototype of our group.

The World Robotic Sailing Championship

The World Robotics Sailing Championship (WRSC), held together with the International Robotic Sailing Conference - IRSC, is the world largest fully autonomous sailing robot event. The competition is open to wind-powered unmanned vehicles up to 4 metres long. The conference provides researchers with the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on their work. This year competition was held at Ningbo, China through August 25th-30st, 2019.

This year challenges were: