HyDrone-ASV Fully Autonomous and Remote Control Survey Platform

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The HyDrone-ASV is a one-man portable, autonomous and remotely controlled catamaran platform developed for hydrographic survey applications. Working in conjunction with the HydroLite-TM portable echosounder kit, the HyDrone accomplishes the same results as more expensive RC survey systems. The lightweight, wide profile, and watertight construction provide stability, ruggedness and portability. It is manufactured from high quality marine materials and components and easily disassembles for transport and shipping.

Work environments include mines, sewage treatment plants, contaminated lakes, harbors and rivers.

Remote control of the survey boat is easy using a high-power remote control system that offers up to 2 km range, with a survey endurance of over 8 hours at a survey speed of 3 knots on a single battery pack. HyDrone-ASV is also fully autonomous; the vehicle can be monitored while under way, in both Auto and Manual modes.

The mission planner application runs on a base station laptop connected through a radio telemetry link, and displays the vehicle's graphical positioning and progress against a background map of the survey area. Battery voltage, current, and capacity remaining is monitored via this link.

We offer free training of our ASV products at our location. 

The Hydrone-RCV has been featured in POB, Professional Surveyor (now XyHt) and GIM.

Instumentation Options
  • Sound Velocity Profiler (SVP)


  • Side Scan Sonar Module

  • HYPACK Software

  • HydroLite-TM

Brand: Seafloor Systems Inc.
Seafloor Systems Product Code: SEA2201


12 kts / 22 Km/hr
1143 mm / 45 in
736 mm / 29 in
2x 16v 16 Ah battery LiPo
8 hours
11.3kg / 23 lbs
2x 180 amp water-cooled
2x brushless thruster
UV resistant HDPE
aluminum powder coated
9 kg / 20 lbs
stainless steel
Futaba 2.4Ghz long range
2 km
4x 7" twist-out water-tight closure
all brands
Seafloor HydroLite™-TM, HydroLite-DFX
Q: What is the max range of the HyDrone-RCV?
A: 2 Km max distance away from remote control.
Q: How long can the HyDrone-RCV run for?
A: 4-5 hours at surveying speed (2-4kts)
Q: Will it follow a pre-determined path?
A: You can now purchase an autonomous option for the HyDrone; the HyDrone-ASV and EchoBoat-ASV (autonomous surface vehicles) can now follow pre-planned lines without having to control the boat manually. You can switch from autonomous to remote control using a high-power remote control system.
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