The SPECTRE Autopilot has been incorporated into a convenient module which provides a cost effective, self contained remote control system suitable for a small electric boat. Small survey boats typically have twin electric thrusters and a steering servo, and the basic configuration uses a standard remote control handset to drive motors and steering via PWM signals. The SPECTRE module augments the capability by adding autopilot functionality.
The Dynautics range of E-Boat modules includes the following
E-Boat E (Ethernet connectivity)
E-Boat T (Torqeedo interface)
E-Boat SPM (Survey Package Module)
E-Boat H (Hover mode)
The modules can be combined to allow for differing functionality across the range, for instance E-Boat T with H (Torqeedo with Hover) et cetera.
E-Boat SPECTRE – the Platform Control System module includes:
- The MicroSPECTRE autopilot module
- Standard PWM inputs from the basic handset
- PWM outputs to thrusters and steering servo
- A radio modem, selectable between 450MHz (licence free in UK), 800MHz or 2.4GHz.
- Ability to be controlled from a laptop, allowing control of way-points, and real time display of position and data on a plan view, superimposed on a chart or Geotiff.
The radio modem options include 450 MHz, with a range up to 5 miles (line of sight), up to 2.4GHz which offers up to 400 metres line of sight.
Optional features include an on-board datalogger, which will store on a MicroSD card, up to 32GB of GPS, heading, attitude and sensor data as raw input and as a csv file.
The additional Software Module – Survey Package Module (Spectre SPM module)
Undertaking a survey, either of a lake or open water, is a challenging and expensive activity involving vehicle management, safety, date collection and vehicle control. Dynautics Spectre Survey Package Module (SPM) allows the user to focus on the data collection with confidence that the vehicle is navigating the automatically generated survey grid. The integration of the survey grid and vehicle control means the survey is quicker, less arduous for the user, less expensive to collect and equally importantly the data collected is of a higher quality
Hydromagic Integration (see it in action)
Integration with Hydromagic is achieved using the “Spectre Autopilot” plugin in Hydromagic, the result of a close collaboration between Dynautics and Eye4Software. The survey tracks can be easily created within the Hydromagic software and the vessel control is within the one software package.
Hypack and Qinsy Integration
Integration with Hypack and Qinsy is achieved by outputting NMEA0183 TNT messages from the survey package into a serial port which provides the control signals to control the autopilot.