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Aeolus: The autonomous multipurpose vehicle

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This amazing vehicle, Aeolus, is a creation by Yogi Beeuwsaert. It is actually a vessel that has many uses. The Aeolus has formidable and impressive features such as a SWAT torpedo hull, embedded with two outriggers that present a very novel trimaran platform. The hulls have hydrofoils inside that permit them the outriggers to be carried above the water in order to optimize the speed when the water is still.

Aeolus

The winspans make use of clean solar energy as they are lined with solar panels that cater to the power needs of the emergency electric motor and the other systems that have been installed in the vehicle. However, the batteries of the Aeolus are located at the bottom so as to be carried inside the water as this would decrease the gravitational point. The wingsail spans a height of 18 meters and has two sections. The wingsail is modified so as to provide optimum laminar flow function during low speed durations as it would reduce the drag considerable as opposed to increasing the life. In order to test and optimize this aspect, a lot of simulation drives were undertaken to make sure that the functionality edge of the wingsails is maintained at 20 degrees headwind.

The Aeolus is a great device-cum-vehicle as it can conduct various operations such as sonar, weather/chemistry sensors, night & thermal vision and hydrophones. It can also perform functions such as maintenance of windpark, coastguard functions, ship guiding, animal tracking and many more as it spans the oceans over a period of month’s altogether!

This innovative vehicle can also perform various high-tech jobs such as Arctic research (which would track the rate at which the glaciers are melting, ozone layer depletion and so on); monitoring migration trends in animals and birds (giving us an insight into the behavior and tendencies that lead them to do so); tsunami warning & sea monitoring (this would provide data much before any natural calamity strikes); surface mapping (this would give us an insight to the seismic changes as well as other military and defense operations that are being carried out); military/coast guard operations (this would present a concise picture for providing coastal security to the various countries using this device); environment & plastic mapping (this would give a clear indication of where the major landfills are located and how we can reduce them) and green peace and monitoring the sea (this would assist in averting major oil spills and would also monitor the defense activities on the sea front).

Via: Coroflot

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