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• SAAB SEAEYE SEE AN ALL-ELECTRIC FUTURE
  14 January 2017
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  10 January 2017

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14 January 2017

SAAB SEAEYE SEE AN ALL-ELECTRIC FUTURE

Electric robotic systems will perform all tasks in the underwater domain, including those now undertaken by hydraulic systems, says Saab Seaeye.

They see a future where ROVs and AUVs in their present form will cease to exist and are replaced by transformative e‐robotics that can roam, hover, reside and perform all underwater tasks.

It is a future where task resolution is key, not class of vehicle, says the company.

Such tasks will include the heaviest in the subsea industry, tasks that electric systems and tools on the market today cannot yet undertake, but where the company sees rapidly advancing technology, innovative design and operational methods opening up an all-electric underwater world.


. . . a future where task resolution is key

This will bring further significant savings, says director, Matt Bates, savings that are already here today as electric technologies bring considerable through‐life cost economies.

Electric is also more effective, he contends, as an all‐electric robotic system is up to 50% more efficient, and typically has double the power density of an electro-hydraulic system.

Miniaturisation

Rapid advances in miniaturisation ‐ a key benefit of electric technology ‐ are accelerating advances, says Matt Bates, and are creating electric robotic systems that are smaller, lighter, smarter, more agile and more powerful.

Electric actuators and tools have the added benefit of a simplified, reliable interface which, when complemented with an internal processor and suitable micro-sensors, extracts valuable data, enhances control options and increases total system reliability through continuous internal monitoring. Having more data available from a device assists with pre‐emptive maintenance planning and, coupled with an electric‐only interface, allows for more remote long‐term deployment underwater.

Lower costs

Matt Bates says technology breakthroughs are already bringing savings, with reductions in vehicle size, weight, cable diameters, winch size and other elements, leading to more compact systems that make considerable economies for operators.

He points to the Leopard work vehicle as an example of how technology breakthroughs are opening up a lower cost future.

Compared to a 60 ton hydraulic equivalent, the Leopard's 30 ton complete package has a much smaller footprint, faster mobilisation time, lower maintenance costs, and needs fewer staff at the worksite, Matt Bates says. In addition, the Leopard's unprecedented ratio of thrust to volume and speed through water provides the payload, power and control stability needed to carry the range of tooling and sensors usually associated with much larger systems.

Leopard - the most powerful electric work system of its size in the world Leopard - the most powerful electric work system of
its size in the world incorporates many of the features
that are shaping the future of transformative
underwater e‐robotics.

Transformation

A foretaste of transformative technology can be seen in the emergence of the hovering autonomous vehicle capable of being controlled remotely through low bandwidth links whilst accurately performing long excursion inspections, surveys and environmental monitoring tasks. An example is the Sabertooth which has merged AUV and ROV technology into a single system that can, through wireless communication, roam, hover and perform tetherless light intervention tasks such as valve operations with an integrated electric torque tool.

Sabertooth - pioneering transformative technology Sabertooth - pioneering transformative
technology that has created a system that
can roam autonomously, hover, perform light
tasks and remain resident.

Intelligent control

Common to the future of all robotic systems is intelligent, behaviour-based control systems architecture, such as the iCON system, which comprises a set of hardware and software building blocks that allow harmonious migration of concepts across different systems and accelerates future development innovation.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


10 January 2017

STUDENTS FLY FALCON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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Students with the Saab Seaeye Falcon on board research ship.
Students with the Saab Seaeye Falcon
on board research ship.


Students get hands-on experience operating a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV in the Gulf of Maine on the eastern seaboard of the USA where they explore the undersea world and develop their environmental awareness.

The project brings students, scientists, teachers and marine professionals together and is run by OceansWide, a non-profit organisation, and is an outreach programme that supports the outreach requirements of the National Science Foundation and other granting agencies.

Young people are encouraged to participate in real life scientific research and write reports on their findings.

The activities are run both in class and on board OceansWide's research ship - from where the Falcon is deployed.


In addition to encouraging understanding through research, Buzz Scott, president of OceansWide, explains that the project aims to support industry and marine science by creating innovative programmes that use ROVs to inspire young people to expand their horizons and teach them about the world's oceans through first hand shipboard experience.

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Students inside the research ship exploring the undersea world with the Falcon's live feed HD quality video.
Students inside the research ship exploring the undersea world
with the Falcon's live feed HD quality video.

Buzz Scott says they opted for the Falcon, "After a lot of research into the best robotic system and found the Falcon kept coming out top for the smaller research projects."

He says the Falcon allows them to dive deeper than any other small ROV and manoeuvres more efficiently, and has an overall better quality of video capture underwater.

"The controlled power of its five thrusters is so much better for precise manoeuvrability and holding steady in currents whilst filming, and the fibre system means we get HD quality video coming up the tether to the support vessel."

He concludes by extolling the value of undersea exploration for young people: "We like to get the kids involved no matter what their interests, because once you get them out on the water to see what's down there ‐ it's in a way like sailing with Jacques Cousteau or Bob Ballard ‐ you get the bug."

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Preparing the Saab Seaeye Falcon for a dive.  
Preparing the Saab Seaeye Falcon for a dive.
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Research ship with the Saab Seaeye Falcon on board.  
Research ship with the
Saab Seaeye Falcon on board.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

OceansWide is a non‐profit organisation that brings students and scientists together at sea in the Gulf of Maine. Our dedicated group of scientists, teachers and marine professionals work with students to determine research goals, participate in research and report on their findings ‐ all from the back deck of our research vessel.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Campbell "Buzz" Scott
OceansWide
+1 207 620 6037

www.orkneyrovspecialist.co.uk