Italian company Deep Sea Technology (DST) has chosen a 1000m-rated Saab Seaeye Falcon DR robotic vehicle to support archaeological research and offshore energy.
The Seaeye Falcon DR will be employed by Naples-based DST, a commercial diving business, across its operations supporting offshore energy and maritime archaeology in both shallow and deep waters.
DST specializes in a wide range of services including the design, construction, installation and maintenance of subsea pipelines and offshore structures, underwater research and recovery.
With a reliability record covering over a million hours underwater, the Seaeye Falcon has a proven record globally in many marine archaeological missions involving filming, recording, surveying and delicately recovering artefacts when appropriate.
Its success comes from having the power and intelligent control to handle a wide range of resources for undertaking numerous intricate and demanding tasks in strong currents and turbulent waters.
Just a meter in size, the Falcon is easily manhandled, and its iCON intelligent control architecture, combined with five powerful thrusters, allows precise manoeuvrability amongst complex structures, whilst loaded with various cameras, sensors and tooling, typically found on much larger robotic vehicles. During diving operations, the system can preview dive sites, watch over divers and save time by transporting tools and materials back and forth.
The Falcon package for DST includes a Tritech Super SeaPrince sonar and skid-mounted five function manipulator and rope cutter.
“The Falcon DR will extend our operational capabilities,” said Alessandro Scuotto, CEO of DST. “It will operate in both single configuration and for diver support and we plan to further enhance the vehicle with new system options in the future.”