Scientists develop unmanned ice navigation basis

Scientists develop unmanned ice navigation basis

November 01, 2022

The system automates the navigators’ work and reduces the icebreakers’ operating costs.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. A team of scientists from the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University named after Alekseyev has developed an original control system for the ship’s power plant in the Arctic. The system automates the navigators’ work, reduces the icebreakers’ operating costs, and in the future will become the basis for an unmanned icebreaker.

According to the developers, the system includes an on-board computer, in the system unit of which an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and the kinematic motion parameters sensors are mounted. They determine the ship’s trajectory, its speed, the time and place of the icebreaker’s position and its movement.

“The sensors are connected to the ADC interface board. With the help of specialized software, the characteristics of ice conditions are determined and the optimal tactics of cyclic movement by raids are selected. Our development increases the icebreakers’ speed, saves fuel up to 19 percent, and will include unmanned navigation in the future”, said Andrey Sebin, lecturer at the Department of Shipbuilding and Aviation Engineering at NSTU.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author

November 01, 2022

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