Exail: DriX
Exail: DriX
Unmanned Surface Vessels, Survey Equipment

Exail: DriX


DriX from iXblue of Exail is a highly hydrodynamic monohull and drop keel provide exceptional stability and balance to the platform. The USV will pierce waves and cannot capsize, even in high sea states. Keeping movements to a minimum, the USV ensures high stability, thus widening the onboard sensors operation window.

We have a team of engineers and certified DriX supervisors who are fully trained and experienced in managing the DriX across a wide range of projects globally. They are skilled in deploying, managing and troubleshooting the system, these skilled specialists will be mobilised along with the DriX to ensure your projects are completed smoothly and efficiently.


All sensors are embedded within a gondola located 2m below the surface, in a highly reduced-noise and bubble-free environment.

DriX comes with a highly versatile payload system and is large enough to welcome a wide variety of sensors combinations, including MBES, INS, USBL, SBP and Velocity Probes.

Lower fuel consumption (brought even lower by DriX shape)

Less radiated noise in the water.

Certified by Bureau Veritas, the DriX Deployment System (DDS) allows for swift and safe deployments and recoveries, up to sea state 3.

Able to carry various sensors such as cameras, optical sensors, radars and LiDARs.



DriX shape and stability allows for very high-speed capabilities (up to 14 knots), reducing transit downtime and providing high survey speeds with optimal data quality, harvested in a fraction of the usual times.

As far as endurance is concerned, DriX can sail for 7 days at 7 knots. At its top speed (14 knots), DriX can maintain continuous operations for 24 hours, while a speed of 4 knots will be required for a 10-day mission.

DriX is made out of composite material – making it lighter than its Marine Steel or Aluminum counterparts and corrosion protected.

Fitted with an advanced collision avoidance system that uses data fusion thanks to DriX wide variety of embarked navigation sensors

Able to conduct both remote-controlled and supervised autonomous operations.


Renewable energy site surveys

Large area bathymetry data collection

Seabed mapping and seabed automatic classification

AUV tracking with USBL integrated positioning systems

Box-in of seabed transponder arrays

ROV tracking for Touch Down Monitoring (pipe and cable laying)

AUV tracking and control / command

Ultra-deep tow fish tracking

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