Originally Posted by dacosta_rafael
I'm interested in creating a sea drone that I can remotely navigate through the atlantic. how should I start?
1. Check with the Maritime Authority of your country on how you can get to register your drone so that you can use your country's Maritime Zone. It will probably be similar to registering a small powerboat or yacht. However, because it will be remotely controlled, there might be safety and/or security issues, so you may be required to furnish technical details/specifications of your drone.
2. To control your drone, you will need to be able to send and receive data signals to and from the drone. Similar to remote controlled aircraft, you may need signals to control the navigation (steering left/right and speed up/down), and to send you the GPS information so you can track the vessel. For this, as you will be out of the cellular phone network, you will need to subscribe to a Satellite data line, for example, Inmarsat (
3. Going further, when you reach the shore of another country, (as you will be navigating through the Atlantic), you will also have to get some form of clearance from the Maritime Authority of the destination country. Most likely, this will have to be done through your country's Foreign Affairs agency. Again, because it will be remotely controlled, there might be safety and/or security issues, so you may be required to furnish technical details/specifications of your drone
I think these are the 3 main points to consider even before beginning to design your drone. If you just want to proof a concept, then if you were to just navigate the drone to beyond the line-of-sight, then you might want to simply do it on a large expanse of water, such as a large lake, with you controlling from an enclosed shelter from which you have no view of the drone. Then you might not have to encounter these red-tapes with the Authorities, and you might be able to use your local cellular phone data network.
Either way, good luck in your project.