Originally designed as a vessel to carry side-scan sonar equipment, this vehicle provides an easy transition into and out of the water. The original design also incorporated pontoons for stability on the water. Rather than a traditional (water) prop motivational system, the same props that haul it around in the air provide motion in the water as well. This allows the ship to travel in shallow and debris laden waters.
As part of the project development, I would like to improve the surface drive system as using the same props is not efficient. Adding the pontoons of the original design is also in the future plans. Decking, cabin and water-proof housing for the electronics are also on the table for development.
All hull pieces were printed in PLA from Filaments.ca on a vanilla printrbot simple metal with a 150mmx150mm print bed.