AN UNDERWATER robot from a Hampshire manufacturer has been chosen to travel with an expedition yacht.
The Falcon robot, from Saab Seaeye, was chosen to board the Dapple as an emergency rescue resource for the emergency recovery of its manned submersible.
The machine, rated to a depth of 1,000 meters, is equipped for a wide range of scientific research and survey operations.
Dapple’s diving manager, Marc Taylor, said the Falcon is a proven commercial choice, so it fits the vessel’s criteria “and that makes sense as we already have a Falcon on board another vessel in our fleet”.
Dapple has been described as one of the best known expedition superyachts in the world.
Swedish company Saab Seaeye, based in Segensworth, says operators around the world prefer the Falcon as a small, intelligent robot with the power and range of tasks typically found in much larger systems.
Besides transmitting high definition images underwater, the robot has a host of other uses.
It can examine the hull millimeter by millimeter, recover objects from the seabed, cut ropes and cables and clean critical fittings, says Saab Seaeye.
Specialized cameras, survey systems and manipulator arms can be installed for search and survey missions.
For use on Dapple, the Falcon is equipped with a wide range of technology including HDTV cameras, multi-frequency scanning sonar, multi-beam sonar, laser system and event suite. It also comes with a three-jaw joystick and a five-function joystick, each with a rope cutter, as well as a hydraulic cable cutter and rotating cleaning brush.
Although the Falcon’s key role is the recovery of Dapple’s submersible, for general dive safety the Falcon can inspect a dive site beforehand, then monitor a diver while below and carry dive items. back and forth during a dive.
According to Seaeye, the success of the Falcon comes from the fact that it is a small, but powerful vehicle, very maneuverable, multitasking, easy to use, with a nominal depth of up to 1000 meters and improved with Saab Seaeye’s Icon™ intelligent control system.
Its reliability record includes over a million hours of underwater operations, working in harsh environments, mastering turbulent waters and strong currents while remaining stable while filming, scanning and performing delicate tasks .