A Prototype Unmanned Vehicle has been Invented at Sevastopol State University

A prototype unmanned vehicle (UV) that measures the depth, temperature and salinity of water has been invented at Sevastopol State University. Engineers and students at Sevastopol State University have been working on its development since 2017 and it is now ready for testing.

Vladimir Nikishin, PhD, has been working at the Department of Technical Expertise and Quality Management at Sevastopol State University for over 10 years and in 2017 he came up with the idea to invent this UV and became its Project Manager. Students also joined in with its development.The most crucial stage is the development of specialized software. The main task was that the device could independently measure water in places where an ordinary boat with specialists cannot get to.Any measuring device can be placed on the UV. The UV can operate automatically and also be controlled manually via remote control and it can work on water for up to three hours. Data is transmitted via a special antenna that connects to a computer and the inventors plan to perfect robotics that can move along a given trajectory.“The main difficulty was to choose which sensors are used in the vessel. These are sensors of spatial orientation, course orientation, satellite navigation, and most importantly - measuring equipment. A lot of companies produce such devices abroad, but in the domestic market such UVs are generally not so common”, said Vladimir.

A feature of the UV is not only its mobility, but also its cost. It is much cheaper than its predecessors and regional scientific organizations have already become interested in it.