The Nyx series of robots are autonomous marine exploration vehicles. High-efficiency solar panels and battery systems allow these robots to operate completely self-sustained. Nyx's in-built camera allows it to broadcast photographs, directly from the robot, overlaying telemetry and map data.
The hardware platform consists of a hybrid low-level high-reliability device controller coupled with an ARM Cortex processor for higher-level functions. The platform features a GPS, triple axis magnetometer, and a high-definition video camera. Communications options include 4G wireless broadband and satellite communications with the Iridium® constellation. Nyx utilises Blue Robotics 4200 rpm thrusters capable of a total 4.72 kilograms of thrust.
Nyx's long term challenge is to self-navigate from Melbourne, Australia to the coast of Antarctica, a distance of 3190 kilometres. The journey will be broadcast on social media, by the robot itself, photographing the coast on arrival.