Funded project

The capacity to spot surface slicks from a ship’s bridge is extremely limited. Continuous tracking of slicks in the area around a support vessel can greatly enhance operational effectiveness in the recovery and treatment of pollution, by assessing its extent, pinpointing its location and organising the necessary on-site response. Resources can be pooled, operations planned, ships positioned, and recovery or treatment processes put in place.

Spin-offs and future developments

The RAPACE project was designed to develop a tethered flying device deployed from a ship as a ‘remote monitor’ up to a height of 150m. RAPACE can accommodate several types of sensors – visible and infrared cameras, scanners and more – to supply georeferenced HD aerial images within a one-mile radius of a ship. The device can maintain a fixed observation altitude for an unlimited period (weather permitting) without an operator’s intervention.

  • Emergence of a new concept in aerial devices
  • 2 demonstrators produced and tested  

The RAPACE project is also recognised by the Pôle Mer Méditerranée cluster.

  • - Geocean, Cassis  [Project Developer]
  • - Cedre, Brest
  • - Cedre, Brest
  • - Cybernetix, Marseille
  • - Thomsea, Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
Research centers
  • - EIGSI, La Rochelle
  • - LNE, Paris
Other partner
  • - CEPPOL, Brest
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Overall budget
1 513 K€