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Clearpath Robotics Kingfisher Unmanned Surface Vessel

Kingfisher is an unmanned surface vessel designed for research and rapid prototyping. The easy-to-use, portable, and robust is a favorite among researchers and industry specialists alike. Fully equipped with a sensor station, onboard PC, and electric thrusters, Kingfisher serves as a remote survey system for bathymetric and hydrometric data collection.

Kingfisher is designed for open source software; therefore, the robotics community benefits greatly as researchers can share, build and enhance software; what is tested and proven on Kingfisher in Canada can hypothetically be applied to larger vessels in China the following day. Additionally, Kingfisher provides complete insight into its status so users can access all raw variables and low-level controls to ensure that no part of their research suffers due to proprietary “black box” designs.

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