Unmanned-vessel research base soon to lead the way
The catamaran-shaped Xiangshan Marine Scientific & Technological Port complex was completed on Sept 11 and, as China's first base for R&D and testing of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), it is to come into operation by the year end.
Interior furnishing, peripheral road construction, and landscaping will soon commence at the site facing Qi'ao Island on North Lovers Avenue in the National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (Tangjiawan). The facility covers 32,000 sq m (8 acres) and has 52,000 sq m (12.8 acres) in floorage.
With construction headed by Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), the building is a major addition to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as a benchmark of scientific and technological innovation and cooperation.
Rendering of fully completed Xiangshan Marine Scientific & Technological Port
The structure will integrate USV design, R&D, testing, and applications. It will be equipped with laboratories, test pools, and a marine test area for advanced technologies on the use of artificial intelligence in unmanned vessel navigation, environmental measurement, military equipment, unmanned freight, and more areas.
The cost is 100 million yuan ($14 million), counting appropriations for many kinds of R&D equipment.
Chairman Zhang Yunfei said that the port will multiply the accumulation rate and iteration speed of USV and marine intelligent equipment technologies by five to 10 times.
Furthermore, it will combine new-generation information technology, high-end intelligent equipment, and new materials, and serve as a venue for joint sci-tech innovation between Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao.
General manager Cheng Liang noted that the company has conducted extensive scientific research cooperation with the University of Macau and has reached agreement with the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology to set up laboratories and a coordinated innovation center in Xiangshan Marine Scientific & Technological Port.
Catamaran-shaped complex facing Qi'ao Island [Photos provided by Yunzhou-Tech]