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Unmanned Survey Solutions USS Inception Mark II

The Inception MK II is ideal for operations in ports and harbours, marinas, lakes and nearshore coastal areas.

The Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) Inception Class MK II Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) is designed by surveyors for surveyors. This modular, versatile and robust USV is composed of tough aluminium hulls, weed cutting propellers and a modular payload pod system for fitting a variety of sonar and environmental sensing equipment. The payload pod can be fitted with single or multi-beam sonar systems, phase measuring bathymetric sonars, side scan sonars or a variety of other sensors.

  • Unmanned Survey Solutions USS Inception Mark II
Unmanned Survey Solutions
Unit 7 Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park, North Quay
TR27 4DD Hayle
United Kingdom



The Inception MK II USV:

  • Is built from aluminium for a robust solution
  • Is based on tried and tested airborne drone technology for reliability and cost reduction
  • Encompasses a modular design that offers easy swappable payload pods allowing for multiple solutions from one vessel
  • Has the highest weight and volume payload carrying capability in its class
  • Includes an autonomy waypoint following module as standard and at no extra cost
  • Is designed by surveyors for surveyors and is available to purchase or rent


  • Length [m]
  • Width [m]
  • Min. weight of USV in air [kg]
  • Portable
  • Draft [m]
  • Number of thrusters
    (x2) DC brushed thrusters.
  • Chassis
  • Height [m]
  • Thruster specifications
    Weed resistant power props
  • Housing Material
  • Max. speed [kn]
  • Launch and Recovery System
    Transport via car or van. (x1) person launch from slipway or launching cradle, (x2) person launch from pontoon or river edge.
  • Max. Remote Operating Range {m}
  • Min. required number of surface computers
  • Max. WMO seastate
  • Payload sensors - standard
    Single-Beam Echo-Sounder
  • Payload sensors - optional
    Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder
  • Energy Source
    DC power management system including drive batteries with chargers
  • Endurance at nominal power [hr]
  • Power
    Optional 12V lead acid or lithium batteries
  • Propulsion
  • Propulsion Power
    DC power management system including drive batteries with chargers
  • Type of Communication
    Manual Remote Control (RC) and Autonomous way point routing
  • Auto- control
  • Applications
    Ports and harbours, marinas and near shore coastal areas.
  • Distinguishable features
    Catamaran with red and white markings
  • Commercial Options

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