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Robotics & AI

After reading a lot about the fact that there were already many NGO's dealing with the cleaning of the bays and the sea surface, we wanted to concentrate on other topics first. This is now several years ago. But the reports about garbage in the oceans kept increasing. Especially how many dolphins and whales die in agony each year. Unfortunately, the truth is that more and more plastic is being produced and used and then at some point it is carelessly disposed of again. A good part of it ends up in the sea, as is so often the case. And we're not just talking about ear sticks and plastic straws. Television sets, radios, stereo systems, kitchen appliances, vehicle interior fittings, etc. – of course, all of this already existed a few decades ago. But everything was made of metal and wood. But it's so much easier to make it all out of plastic. It saves costs and thus increases the profit margin. 

 

There are already a number of NGO's that deal with cleaning up beaches and the garbage that floats on the surface in the open ocean. So a few years ago we started to think of solutions for areas where nobody is active yet: the deep sea, inaccessible coastal regions and estuaries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The focus is on high scalability. We are also happy to pass on our knowledge of the solutions if they prove to be successful. We only have one chance when we are many and more and more people, companies, organizations, sponsors and countries support us.

 

Many NGOs point out that only avoiding waste leads to the goal. That's right. When will we see a worldwide plastic ban? In 10, 20 or 50 years? Probably only when those responsible can no longer swim in the sea because of all the plastic. But then there is already a lot more plastic in the oceans than there is fish. And some plastic has a decomposition time of several hundred years. It would help a lot if new products such as SUPs (standup paddling) were recyclable - or even better - had to be taken back by the manufacturer for recycling. But none of this happens. And so it is to be feared that hundreds of thousands of these pieces of sports equipment will eventually end up in the sea because they are old and thrown away or simply left lying around. There is much to do. We would like to help with smart solutions that our planet will soon be better again. 

 

And so we focus on autonomous robots and drones, which search defined quadrants in the seas with AI-controlled software. The underwater equipment and project phases are scaled in such a way that we will start with the most productive regions first and then venture step by step to the deeper regions. This initially allows the use of simpler solutions, which also requires a smaller budget. And as long as we only live on our own funds, the possible uses are unfortunately still limited.

Satellite evaluation & CAD studies 

The world's oceans are huge - and probably no one will manage to remove all the garbage. And so we focus on the stretches of sea and coast, estuaries and deep-sea trenches, which contain the most garbage in relative terms. Especially in coastal areas, we also rely on pragmatic solutions to generate jobs for coastal residents in poorer countries.

Planning, construction, design and development precede the construction of a submarine or deep-sea robot. We have looked at a lot of material - especially after existing solutions: "You don't have to reinvent the wheel and you definitely save money that is needed elsewhere."

Designer: Bekeyei Gesy

On the left a satellite image (source: Spiegel.TV) of Henderson Island. The island is located in the Pacific Garbage Patch and is uninhabited. But our garbage still makes it to this island. In 2015 it was determined that 38 million pieces of plastic weighing 17.6 tons had already accumulated there.

RC Mini-Submarines 

When we started, we simply bolted the main submarine components together onto an aluminum frame. The purpose of the ocean football is to keep the net to be pulled for the plastic waste at a stable depth - similar to an elevator in buildings. Of course you could also use much larger nets, and these could certainly be pulled by old fishing boats or trawlers - but we are deliberately opting for a new development that is highly scalable and can also be pulled by smaller ships. Our networks, which we call Ocean Tube, are therefore rather narrow and elongated. This also prevents animals from being caught.  Both products, the Ocean Football and the Ocean Tube, will later be available as products in sizes XXS - XXL, so that every yacht owner can size can participate in fishing plastic and garbage out of the seas and lakes.

Another type of robot explores the seabed near the coast, initially down to a depth of 200 meters. We want to determine where exactly the brunt of the plastic is. We also try to track down sewers that dump industrial pollutants into the sea. We use robots that are available on the market and expand them. So we are currently developing a new remote control, with Virtual Reality Glasses (VR) . using a control device like that of game consoles so that you can control the robot as easily as possible. Another advantage is that you can experience the underwater world like a diver.

 

This results in a number of other fields of activity. A new version is currently being planned. Take a look at the following pictures and give us feedback on a possible model of an Ocean Explorers 2.0

Designer: Andrew EAV

In the pictures below is a design study of an Ocean Explorers 3.0 to see which was designed by Juan (source: Designer Juan de Santiago) and already comes very close to our ideas of a future generation of Ocean Explorers. This is optionally equipped with two robotic arms for additional purposes. The design for remote control systems (RC) comes from Max (Source: Designer Max Marharit). Similar to car construction, a model type is based on a large number of design studies and at least one model or prototype. Most of the time, the product going into series production looks completely different.

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Designer: Juan de Santiago

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Designer: Max Marharit

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Designer: Max Marharit

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Self-piloting drones

There are already a number of suppliers of drones for surveying water quality and other characteristics on the market. We will therefore not develop our own drones, but rather build on what is already available. From our side, further measuring instruments or sensors are added. "Adaptors" are used to track marine pollution, for example from oil spills on the high seas. We will be happy to provide official bodies with further information on request. 

The three images below show an excellent example of a drone (AUV) used by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Manufacturer is Hydroid Inc. - a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime (REMUS (AUV) - Wikipedia).

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AUV Remus - NTNU (Hydroid Inc.)

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AI controlled robots with electric drive

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Designer: Brian Clerke

Our Ocean Crawler is a completely independent robot, which is controlled by an AI unit.  This allows previously defined quadrants in the ocean to be searched much faster, since the robot learns the depths and extent of the most rubbish to be found is dependent on current and other factors. In this way, he only concentrates on a small part of the quadrant and can calculate which other quadrants are the most fruitful.

The pictures show a beautiful model by Brian Clarke with great attention to detail and an extremely powerful electric motor for heavy loads. Unfortunately it will not be built as a prototype. It has too much drag for long distances, which has a negative impact on range.

The newly planned Ocean Wing glider will be between 8 - 12 meters in length, have small delta wings and a double tail and is optionally equipped with a passenger cabin for two people. Similar to the well-known flying drones, we will install four horizontal rotors to enable quick changes of direction. The main drive will be particularly strong - possibly doubled and thus designed redundantly. The reason here is once again that we want to build highly professional devices that can also be used for other purposes. This is an important second pillar for us in the event that we cannot collect enough money from investors and private sponsors for the garbage disposal, which could mean that our project would quickly come to an end.

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Designer: Brian Clarke

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AI controlled robots with hydrogen drive

The Ocean Wing Glider under construction is our flagship and will be between 8 - 12 meters in length, have small delta wings and a double tail and is optionally equipped with a passenger cabin for two people.

 

Similar to the well-known flying drones, we will install two to four horizontal electric rotors - which are also optional depending on the area of application of the glider - in order to enable quick changes of direction. The main propulsion should be operated with hydrogen.

 

The concept should be modular for industrial production based on the Tesla model. The reason here is once again that we want to build highly professional devices that can also be used for other purposes.

 

This is an important second pillar for us in the event that we cannot collect enough money from investors and private donors for the garbage disposal, which could also mean the quick "end" of our THOR project.

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hydrocopter

A hydrocopter is necessary to perform underwater maintenance. But also to carry out rescue operations for animals that may have become entangled in a drifting net. There is already a lot available on the market for this device. So we will probably only buy.

We would still like to show the beautiful model by designer Max Marharit. A number of parts could be 3D printed, making maintenance at sea much easier. 

Designer: Max Marharit

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Hyper-Scale Submarines & Deep Sea Bots

Deep Sea Bot

As of today, there is a large number of drawings and research on our Ocean Hoover. As soon as we have a first design, we will present it. The sheer size alone requires a budget that has to be earned first. But we will not give up!

The situation is different for our Deep Sea Bots. In principle we use existing technology. But all material has to withstand a pressure of several thousand meters of water column. And so we will probably approach the matter cautiously at first. The aim is to develop a research robot for the deepest parts of our oceans.

The dilemma with test drives is that in the event of problems, the robot is usually irretrievably lost. This is what happened with the deep-sea robot NEREUS (Image source Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution). And so we lost already several Ocean footballs and one Ocea explorer....

Source NEREUS Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Source: deep-sea robot NEREUS

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