Clearpath Heron unmanned surface vessel

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Heron is a portable and agile mid-sized unmanned surface vessel from Clearpath Robotics.  The appealing catamaran design includes anti-fouling thrusters, an incredibly shallow profile and built-in GPS for easy access to positioning data, making Heron an ideal USV platform for aquatic research. Featuring a modular and expandable system architecture, Heron has a payload bay for mounting submerged sensors or equipment on deck. A range of different payloads, from tactical surveillance to environmental sensing, can be integrated with ease. Heron’s folding pontoons and swiftly swappable battery make transport, launch and retrieval a quick and easy process.

Preconfigured packages are available – see the popular options tab below.

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Pre-loaded with ROS for ease of integration and implementation for customer needs.

Clearpath mobile robots are highly customisable with a range of accessories and components available, as well as several pre-configured packages – contact us to discuss your requirements. 


  • Open-source – Join the Clearpath developer community and get your Heron project up and running in no time. Their comprehensive library of free sample code can significantly reduce development time, and you can also benchmark your research against a growing community of Heron users.
  • Flexibility & interchangeability – With easily interchangeable payloads Heron allows you to switch out swiftly between projects significantly reducing set up times.
  • Open API – Access all raw variables to ensure no part of your research suffers due to proprietary “black box” designs. Clearpath supports multiple languages so you don’t have to.
  • Dual payloads – Heron features a payload bay for submerged sensors and a sizeable mounting system for those above water.
  • Marine ISR – quiet and manoeuvrable, Heron can operate with minimal disturbance.  Extend your presence over the water by enhancing the standard payload configuration with improved sensing capabilities, and deploying multiple units.


  • Academic research
  • Aquatic research
  • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Personnel support
  • Multi-robot systems


Dimensions deployed1.35 x 0.98 x 0.32 m
Dimensions stored1.35 x 0.56 x 0.32 m
Maximum speed3.3kn / 1.7m/s
Maximum payload10Kg
Drivers and APIsROS, MOOS-IvP, C++

Additional information


These pre-configured packages offer everything needed to hit the water running.

Heron basic

Everything required to get started with research in aquatic environments. The platform provides access to communication ports as well as onboard power supplies. A powerful embedded computer system comes pre-installed with Linux and ROS; all component ROS drivers are installed and pre-configured.


  • Navigation and mapping
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Personnel support
  • Multi-robot systems

Included accessories

  • 5Hz L1 GPS
  • Integrated 6DOF IMU
  • Digital four-channel remote control
  • Two 29 Ah batteries

Featured upgrades

  • SONARM8 Echosounder
  • Long Range Wireless Network Station
  • LMS111 LiDAR sensor
  • P5512e PTZ outdoor dome camera

Heron exploration 

Equipped with a full suite of weatherproof sensors the Heron exploration package is designed to navigate shallow waters. A powerful embedded Atom Computer comes pre-installed with Linux and ROS; all component ROS drivers are installed and pre-configured.


  • GPOS waypoint missions
  • Bathymetric surveys
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Navigation and mapping
  • Harbour surveillance

Included accessories

  • LMS111 LiDAR
  • Getac F110 rugged tablet computer
  • P5512e PTZ outdoor dome camera
  • 3DM-GX3-25 IMU
  • Long Range Wireless Network Station

Featured upgrades

  • SONARM8 echosounder
  • 2020 Multi-beam echosounder



Downloads and media

Clearpath Heron Datasheet

Clearpath Heron USV Brochure

Clearpath Heron User Manual

Heron on Github

Heron USV and Water Sampler

Hunts Surveys Inc. Bathymetric Survey Case Study

Finance and Shipping

Restrictions on customers

Please note that due to the high average transaction costs, we must adhere to Anti-money laundering legislation.  For new customers, this comes into effect when the transaction value is more than £8,800 (or equivalent in USD or EUR).

Please note that some products are restricted so we typically do a brief check on location and customer information before accepting self-service orders.

Online ordering (self service)

On orders up to £8,800 (or equivalent in USD or EUR), we offer online ordering with payment by all major credit cards. Payments can be made in GBP only.

Payment options for transactions over £8,800

Please contact us to complete our ‘Know Your Customer’ form for payments in advance (by BACS or Card) above this amount, or apply for a full ‘Credit Account’ for up to 30 days credit, on account.  Payments can be made in GBP, EUR or USD.


Shipping by default is by FedEx and typically takes from one to five working days worldwide.  All packages are fully insured from us to you.

Our incoterms are DDP (for UK customers) and DAP (for international customers, including EU).  Other incoterms may be available on request in special circumstances.

Goods can also be collected from our logistics centre.

Loan finance

Level Five Supplies is pleased to offer finance as a payment option, iur appointed partners can work with you to make equipment purchase more straightforward.

There are many reasons to consider using finance:

  1. Improves Cash Flow: When you finance your equipment, your cash isn’t tied up in the equipment. Instead, it’s free for other investments that will grow your business, produce income, and ensure the equipment you acquire earns profits over its lifetime.
  2. Preserves Other Lines of Credit: Tomorrow can bring many opportunities. Financing equipment means you’ll have the credit available (either from the bank or other sources) to take advantage of future opportunities.
  3. Hedges against inflation: Your monthly payment remains the same over the term of the lease or loan. Money paid later in the term usually have less purchasing power than those paid at the beginning of the term…so you pay for today’s equipment needs with tomorrow’s lower-value currency.
  4. Provides 100% financing: Even “soft costs” such as training, shipping, installation, and maintenance agreements can usually be included. So you can rest easy knowing that these associated costs won’t disrupt your cash flow.
  5. Simplifies equipment changes: Hiring additional workforce? Increasing efficiency? Additional equipment can easily be added to your existing loan or lease. Or, if you’re trying to stay ahead of the competition by staying ahead of technologies, the equity in your financed equipment can be applied toward the loan or lease of new equipment. These options solve the problems of obsolescence – and make your job easier.
  6. Eliminates hidden charges: You have no compensating balances, no closing costs, and no blanket liens or other restrictive covenants that banks use to increase customers’ cost. What you see is what you get.
  7. Offers excellent rates: Our finance partner rates are highly competitive.
  8. Saves on taxes: Depending on the type of finance agreement you select, as much as 100% of your payments may be tax deductible.
  9. Offers many payment programs: Our finance partners work for you, not us. You choose the type of loan or lease that best fits your needs, and you select the length of the loan or lease term.

The finance agreement is between you and the lender, and we don’t take commission or referral fees – but we’ve done the preparatory work of allocating a broker for the US, and another for Europe, explaining the technology, validating supplier products and explaining how the technology will be used so your application process is simplified and focused entirely on the financials.

The initial part of the process usually takes less than an hour and means that you can spread the cost of a higher value purchase of equipment like this over several months or even years, allowing you to better plan your project or department budgets, but also means you can get what you need over the coming years, not just what you can afford today.

Details of current funding opportunities and support programmes for research and innovation

Contact our Sales team to discuss your needs further.