The most obvious thing about EARTHRACE-2 will be her form – One of the most awe-inspiring vessels the world has ever seen. More than that however – she will be a technology showcase of the latest in maritime and surveillance hardware. This includes Schiebel S100 Drone with 200nm range, ELINT electronic detection system, FLIR thermal Imaging, a helm resembling that of a modern plane, FC470 Milpro zodiac, 10m amphibious RIB (launched astern from a roll-off platform), and a 30-person theater / briefing room.
EARTHRACE-2, like her predecessor, will be a technology marvel, and one of the most awe-inspiring vessels the world has ever seen. Our video above discusses many of the things that make this boat so special.
EARTHRACE-2 hull form has been extensively tested using computer modelling. The simulation above has her traveling at high-speed in 30m (100ft) seas. Such tests allow us to accurately predict loads in extreme conditions, that in turn drive designs.
The hull form has been extensively tank-tested in Melbourne (Australia) under various displacement and thrust conditions, allowing accurate predictions of final vessel performance. Video above was from one of these tests.
The above animation was rendered from the 3D CAD files used in doing computer modelling of vessel performance. She is 3 stories high, however final layout may still evolve somewhat.