Purchase Hardware


The new Lutra 1.1 autonomous boat is now available for purchase by robotic research programs. 
Please contact platypus for pricing.

Uniquely simple design

Lutra is a compact fanboat frame with a modified steering mechanism in which the entire propulsion assembly is actuated using servo motors, allowing for improved thrust vectoring, which enables sharp turns and precision maneuvering.

 Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 81 cm x 47cm x 10 cm
  • Weight: 6.92 Kg
  • Max Speed: 1.2 m/s
  • Thrust: 8N
  • Runtime: 4-8 hrs
  • Battery: NimMH, LiPo, SLA
  • Features: Autonomous mapping, Zero radius turns, Shallow draft, No underwater moving parts, 5MP camera, 3G/IMT-2000 and WiFi conectivity

The Lutra can use either wireless, 3G or EDGE to communicate. Platypus offers a base-station package that includes a compatible wireless router and antenna (with range up to 1.5 miles).

Low COST Autonomous Boat PACKAGES


Hull-Shroud assembly
Android smartphone
Platypus controller

Mobile Base Station

Wifi Router
High-gain antenna

Additional Sensors

Dissolved Oxygen, pH
(and many more)


Let's talk.

We can put together a platform that meets your needs.

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