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Multipurpose Unmanned Surface Explorer (MUSE)

Unmanned Surface Vehicle for conducting remote hydrological and hydrographical research.

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MUSE at 77° N

Last season muse performed duties at Polish Arctic station on Spitsbergen. Dedicated staff from Oceanography and Geography Institute, University of Gdańsk piloted the vessel.


Using unmanned, remote controlled vehicle was a necessary condition due to dangers of ice calving. Despite arctic conditions MUSE performed exceptionally well collecting a number of samples and research data from various depths

At the base

Unpacking at Polish Polar Base


Installing sampler module and winch with CTD probe.

Ready for action

MUSE and ground station ready for duty

Piloting training

Piloting training from the beach. During the actual research piloting was done from a boat.


The only vivid color with ice and rocks in the background.


MUSE is very stable when towed even at high speeds.

Aproaching ice

Ice does not look dangerous... from the distance.

At the terminus

MUSE looks tiney at glacier terminus.

All tasks acomplished

All tasks acomplished

Leaving the barren shores

Leaving the barren shores. We will come back next year!


 Maritime research duties are subject to a number of challenges. Using newest technologies our goal is to make field work of water-related scientists and prospectors lighter, safer and more efficient by delivering flexible solutions custom tailored for specific jobs. 

Our company spcializes in production and integration of complex technical hydrographical and hydrological systems used in science and industry. We focus on tailoring our solutions to your specific needs. 

Thanks to MUSE, a revolutionary, easy to deploy, unmanned boat, many scientific tasks become easier and quicker. Depending on configuration MUSE can be adapted to a broad range of research applications and budget constraints.

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Research tasks and measurement instruments. We can integrate them for you.

  • Floor profiling - echo sounder, multibeam sonar

  • Current mapping - ADCP

  • Water sampling - onboard sampler, external bathometers

  • Measurements on different depths using a winch - CTD, SVP, turbidimeter, pH meter

  • Lidar and photographic survey of shore, underwater habitats

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  • Dimensions:  160 cm (length) x 92 cm (width) x 42 cm (transportation height) or 196 cm (work height with raised mast and attached motor)

  • Minimum operational water depth: 0,5 m

  • Weight: 35 kg

  • Payload: up to 30 kg

  • Central well for installing scientific equipment up to 27 cm in diameter

  • Flat keel allows for installation of through-hull devices

  • Winch up to 50 m, max load 10 kg

  • Propulsion: Noiseless 12 V electric motor with trust vector control - zero radius turns

  • Speed: 1,5 m/s (3 kn)

  • Seaworthiness: force 3 Beaufort scale

  • Range: 25 km

  • Work time on a single charge: over 5 h

  • Precise positioning using DGPS

  • Manual remote control, video and telemetry range: up to 3km*

  • Autonomic navigation based on a course set on ground station

  • Integration with QuantumGIS software allows for using public or custom maps and real time display of telemetry data

         *subject to local law regarding maximum RF transmission power


Hydrographic float

In this configuration MUSE has no propulsion or steering. The light, yet durable hull can be equipped with e.g. ADCP or sonar for stable readings while towing. Installed GPS and inclinometer increase readings precision. This budget solution allows for subsequent upgrades to higher configurations.

Remotely controlled boat

To be used in sight – a highly maneuverable vessel for scientific operations. Can carry a broad range of hydrographic and hydrologic equipment, register data using onboard recorder and/or send it to storage unit located next to its pilot.

Autonomous science vessel

This option includes all of the above and adds autonomous navigation beyond range of sight. In addition to the boat, the configuration includes professional ground station which serves as a communication center. Using this station and installed software one can:

  • Set a path to be followed e.g. for mapping bottom within a given area

  • Read real time measurements superimposed on a map

Starting point return function adds another layer of security in emergencies.

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Searis s.c. 

ul. Wojewody Wachowiaka 5/12

81-418 Gdynia, Poland

+48 603 864 454

VAT No: PL5862305881

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Manual remote control or autonomic operation based on predetermined paths

Data are gathered in real time and sent to ground station. Transmission and recording of FullHD video.


MUSE can act as a float for towing measurements, a remotely operated drone or autnomous scientific vehicle.

Integration with broad range of measuring equipment

Boat can be delivered in SUV/combi car

and deplyed by 2 people


Multipurpose Unmanned Surface Explorer (MUSE) 

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