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Q: What is the biggest challenge to consider when purchasing DIY unmanned boat kits from our platform?

A: According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), lithium-ion batteries are classified into two categories depending on their transport status:

Batteries packed with equipment (batteries contained in equipment)

Batteries transported separately as cargo (batteries only)

For batteries contained in equipment, the maximum allowed capacity is:

Lithium metal batteries: not more than 2g of lithium;

Lithium-ion batteries: for handheld devices, the rated energy of each battery does not exceed 100Wh; for non-handheld devices, it does not exceed 160Wh.

For high-capacity lithium batteries transported only as cargo, most airlines currently have stricter restrictions, such as individual batteries not exceeding 30-50Wh, and the total battery capacity not exceeding 300Wh.

Therefore, if you need to transport high-capacity batteries or battery packs by air, it is recommended to confirm the specific restrictions with the airline in advance to avoid transportation obstacles. Transportation of high-capacity batteries by land or sea can also be considered.

Q:  If you are a small hydrographic survey service company, what would you look for when purchasing an unmanned surface vehicle pre-installed with echo sounders?

A: Size of the USV - For small companies, generally choose smaller USVs around 50 kg in weight and 1-2 meters in length for easy transportation and operation.

Echo sounder configuration - Choose single beam or multibeam echo sounders depending on requirements for measurement accuracy and efficiency.

Batteries and endurance - Battery capacity directly affects operating duration, generally choose 10-16 Ah lithium batteries, supporting 2-5 hours of work time.

Propulsion system - Review the matching of propellers and motors, generally choose 200-400W motor systems.

Operation mode - USVs can be auto-controlled or remote controlled via app, choose according to actual operating environment.

Q: For controlling unmanned surface vehicles, which would you choose - using an Android controller or a dedicated ground control station?
A: If needing to choose between using an Android controller or a dedicated ground control station to control the unmanned surface vehicle system:

First, make the selection based on actual usage needs. If long-term precise control of the USV is needed, choosing the ground control station would be better. If only simple remote control operation is needed, the If needing to choose between using an Android controller or a dedicated ground control station to control the unmanned surface vehicle system, my suggestion is:

First, make the selection based on actual usage needs. If long-term precise control of the USV is needed, choosing the ground control station would be better. If only simple remote control operation is needed, the Android controller is more economical.

From the perspective of operational flexibility, the ground control station can customize various control modes to achieve more intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance. The Android controller operation is simpler and more intuitive.

From the communication distance perspective, the control distance for the ground station is longer, generally up to 10 km or more. The Android controller distance is about 1 km.

From the operation difficulty perspective, the Anderson controller is simple and easy to use. The ground station needs parameter configuration and debugging, with a certain level of difficulty.

From the price perspective, the Anderson controller pricing is low, the ground station is more expensive, requiring self-development or customization. controller is more economical.

From the perspective of operational flexibility, the ground control station can customize various control modes to achieve more intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance. The Android controller operation is simpler and more intuitive.

From the communication distance perspective, the control distance for the ground station is longer, generally up to 10 km or more. The Anderson controller distance is about 1 km.

From the operation difficulty perspective, the Android controller is simple and easy to use. The ground station needs parameter configuration and debugging, with a certain level of difficulty.

From the price perspective, the Android controller pricing is low, the ground station is more expensive, requiring self-development or customization.

 

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