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Drix

A new internationally patented 8-metre Autonomous Surface Vessel expanding working domains and saving vessel time
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Overview

DriX has been designed with the absence of Human factor as a fundamental, from launch and recovery to mission’s execution.
Fast, enduring, safe, high seas going and sea proven, it shows outstanding seakeeping capabilities and takes the industry of surface drones several steps further.

Designed and built by iXblue' shipyard, following the in-house surveyors’ teams’ requirements, Drix has been refined with iXblue's long-time international major partners in the fields of Geosciences and Offshore Energy.

Initially targeted at the civilian market, DriX has proved to be a real game changer and already conducted many successful operations ranging from subsea positioning to bathymetry missions. The Defense community identified DriX as a real asset which would bring added value on the battlefield while keeping crews out of harm’s way.

Specifications

Main performances
 
Endurance
>10
days
 
 
Speed
>14
knots

Benefits

  • Unmanned architecture providing an extended working domain
  • Low weight and narrow beam to reduce the footprint on a work deck
  • Reduced fuel consumption and ECO mode
  • Welcomes third party equipment
  • Reduces the number of human support teams

Features

  • Composite construction methods (Vacuum infusion)
  • Kevlar reinforced
  • Moulding process (timely construction, perfected shaping process)
  • Change of payloads, data broadcasting and retrieval, replenishment at sea simplified
  • Design optimized for both coastal and offshore missions
  • Highly efficient hull shape

Type of payload

  • USBL
  • MBES
  • Towed array light sonar
  • Side Scan Sonar
  • Sub Bottom Profiler
  • ADCP
  • LIDAR
  • Cameras and optical sensors

Applications

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Marine survey applications

  • Hydrographic survey
  • Coastal and harbour monitoring
  • Hydro acoustic survey
  • Seabed mapping and seabed automatic classification
  • AUV tracking with USBL integrated positioning systems
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Offshore & Energy applications

  • Box-in of seabed transponder arrays
  • ROV tracking for Touch Down Monitoring (pipe and cable laying)
  • AUV tracking and control/command
  • Ultra-deep tow fish tracking
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Naval defense applications

  • Military bathymetry and Rapid Environmental Assesment (REA)
  • Mine Warfare
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
  • Emergency Disaster Relief