Good to go?!

After 7 years of prototyping it feels almost a bit unreal when we suddenly start wondering what actually still needs to be done before the shiplet’s first test run on open waters. Besides continuous iterations of optimizing the code it looks like there is not so much left to do at the moment. Are we[…]

Loading

Cybernetic Marine Mechatronics

Our vision of a “sailing submarine” aka a sailing ship with a submerged hull requires a set of sensors and actuators to compensate the absence of stabilizing buoyancy, caused by minimizing the ship’s volume near the water surface. While the design is supposed to reduce the response to sea state and minimizes the stalling bow[…]

Loading

Balloon Blast

In free-style scale model prototyping one can daydream into that microcosm, where you can do miraculous pointy-headed things you could never do in full size reality. A good example for this is to use air balloons from the jamboree store to level and balance the shiplet’s position and mass distribution inside the tubular ballast tanks.[…]

Loading

Sviveling Static Sails

Inspired by the DynaRig, designed in the 1960s by the German engineer Wilhelm Prölß, we decided to equip the shiplet with likewise sviveling, but static sails. We will use radio controlled servos to manually rotate the konvex profiles within our pivoted mast supports, also to test detrimental positions and situations. To start with, we use some[…]

Loading

Colorful High Hydrostatic Hopes

Finally the shiplet got painted. Sincere thanks are given to Cadus for providing the space for the paint job and to Tuomo for providing the coloration. Now we are of course really eager, ney, we are thrilled, excited, super curious, on tenterhooks, … (!!!) to find out, if all our calculations and estimations about downforces[…]

Loading

Closure of the Topless Deck

After we planked the outward flat top of the deck with 0,5 mm ABS, it is now time for building the rounded deck cover profiles. Thanks to the marvelous invention of 3d printers, we prepared (printed) a set of supporting archs (green), which will be the starting point for our construction. Sidewise the archs will[…]

Loading