Transporting people and equipment are the key reasons why military and search and rescue missions exist. These missions usually require high mobility to complete with ease. That is why a vehicle that can negotiate diverse terrains such as water, land and ice are especially useful for these missions (M.Pasha, 2011).
Our intention is to successfully build an amphibious vehicle which are used massively as most missions are from sea to land. Basically these vehicles are used in military coastal landings, terrain scouting and search and rescue.
During coastal landings, standard military ships will have difficulty during landings as mangrove roots obstructs the hull of a standard military ships. Sand banks further obstruct the ships landings as when hulls get stuck in sand banks, the soldiers on the ships will become static targets for the enemy and will get killed. That is why mobility is such a key factor in military missions. As such our main reasons for building an amphibious vehicle like a hovercraft are to solve problems faced by search and rescue teams and the military.
The other problems we are trying to solve by developing a hovercraft is stated below.
The development in improving the current high expense hovercraft with a remote controlled UWV hovercraft which is low cost and provides intel and needed pictures and surveillance from covered ground where satellites would have no use.
It also serves a great purpose in search and rescue missions due to its fast mobility on water. This enables search rescue teams to move quickly and rescue efficiently as being on the ground level enables them to look under debris to find survivors as opposed to helicopters from a bird’s-eye view which cannot see under collapsed roofs or debris.
Throughout the project timeline we hope to achieve these goals to mark our progress and success.
The primary goal would be to build a working amphibious vehicle that will be able to be accurately remotely controlled by a control panel, which in this case, a smartphone through Annikken Andee.
Some specifications of the end product are:
- It must be capable of moving at least 5 meters on land in 15 seconds
- To be able to move in water for at least 2 meters
- Be able to move and float on water