An advanced flight control technology that can be adapted for industrial use.
We started by flying sailing boats and now fly all types of ships. We bring our expertise to shipyards, designers and project managers to install a flight control system on board any type of hydrofoil vessel. Developed by our design office, our flight control solution is reliable and can now be mass-produced. Our flight controller is already fitted on a wide range of vessels, from ocean-going Ultims trimarans to passenger ships.
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Hydrofoil technology has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Today, it stands for a relevant solution for a vast number of various projects in sailing, but also in maritime transport. As the end user is looking for thrills, performance (energy or speed) or comfort at sea, foilers are becoming increasingly popular. To be able to navigate in the air safely and efficiently, you need specific and adapted technologies. That is our offer.
Depending on the type of foils, a boat can have more or less a stable natural flight. For example, IMOCA boats and Ultims with J, U or V foils have a fairly stable flight. On the other hand, boats fitted with T-shaped foils (TF35s, for example) are quite unstable in terms of flight height: the foils must be constantly adjusted to keep the flight. A flight controller is essential for these boats. It supplies active control of the appendages, the aim of which is to make the flight stable (laterally, longitudinally and in height). For boats whose flight is already stable, the flight controller improves stability and easiness to handle.
Since 2017, driven by the experience of our teams in the America's Cup, Pixel sur Mer has been involved in ocean racing flying boats which are not only our development laboratory but also a true platform for innovation and making our solutions more reliable. In recent years, we have extended the scope of our solution and produced into series complete flight control systems for boats outside ocean racing: for example, we have been equipping the entire TF35 fleet. Today, we are extending our solution to the maritime industry. In doing so, we are contributing to the development of new means of navigation to meet the environmental and decarbonation challenges that is facing the maritime transport industry.
Our team manages and ensures the entire hardware and software operational chain, guaranteeing an optimized, high-performance, and secure flight controller whether for a single prototype or for series production. We canprovide all the services and technologies needed to implement a flight control system: data acquisition and processing, the navigation system, flight control intelligence, structural health monitoring and safety. This is what makes us strong and different.
All equipped ships with foils that want to achieve stable, safe flight: foiling trimarans, catamarans or monohulls, maxi yachts, tenders, taxi boats, passenger ferries and freighters. We provide an expert response to the needs of designers, builders, project managers and owners of hydrofoil boats... Are you looking for a service provider? Choose Pixel sur Mer for its expertise and experience.
THEY HAVE CHOSEN OUR FLIGHT CONTROL SOLUTION:
Pour les bateaux à voiles : Gitana Team, Banque Populaire, la flotte des TF35
Pour les bateaux à moteur : Tyde (dans sa version prototype), LMG Marin en simulation
We enable our customers not only to navigate more safely, but also to fly more often and reach higher speeds.
Beyond our skills and technological mastery, it is our experience that makes the difference. In fact, our flight control algorithm, which continuously manages the foil position, is inspired by the aerospace industry which is a true reference in the field. As proof, our controller is already successfully equipping a wide range of sailing or powered foilers, which attests of its reliability.
Depending on the complexity of the project, our teams will work for 1 to 3 months prior to sea trials (if a simulator is provided), followed by 1 to 3 weeks of sea trials. The duration of our involvement can vary according to your requirements and the progress of your vessel's construction. We try to coordinate our work as closely as possible to fit in with the various stages of construction and testing that you have planned.
On average, we work on an ad hoc basis over a period of 4 to 6 months.
In the Prototype phase, our services include:
Please note that working on a simulator is optional, but we strongly recommend it for several reasons: it allows us to validate the vessel's dimensions under dynamic conditions with flight control, it speeds up development and limits the time needed for validation at sea.
In the series production phase, our service includes:
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