Saab Seaeye has announced that salmon producer Huon Aquaculture has boosted investment in underwater robotic technology by doubling their fleet of Saab Seaeye Falcon ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) to four vehicles. The two new Falcons will join the fleet to inspect nets, rigging and moorings at Huon’s aquaculture pens, which are positioned in areas of strong current and rough water favoured for salmon farming as it mimics their natural habitat.
Designed for such strong currents and turbulent waters, the Falcon ROV can remain steady under robust conditions whilst undertaking delicate or rugged tasks and manoeuvre with precision as needed. The Falcon’s iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture offers precise positioning and active station-keeping to let the operator concentrate on the task in hand, thereby reducing their workload.
The vehicle’s intelligent control system allows for a wide range of equipment to be easily added and changed for many different tasks. It incorporates five powerful thrusters into a compact 1 x 0.5 x 0.6 metre versatile system that can operate at depths of 300m and 1000m.