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Solarnavigator is designed to carry the Scorpion anti pirate weapon. A fleet of such autonomous vessels could be the basis of an international peacekeeping, and/or emergency rescue force, the same platform is also ideal for endurance high-speed low cost oceanographic surveys. This intelligent navigation system is collision regulation compliant, the first such system in the world to be so. It is planned to make the system available as a retro-fit kit for cargo ships, so they may benefit from improved course keeping and attendant fuel savings. At this time a human Captain and several crew are necessary on oil tankers. Automation such as with the SNAV system holds the prospect of reduced crewing levels and so operating costs for ocean transport.
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