Saab Seaeye Falcon selected for archaeology and offshore energy
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18 May 2023
Italy’s DST (Deep Sea Technology) 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. The Falcon package includes a Tritech Super SeaPrince sonar and skid-mounted five function manipulator and rope cutter.
"The Falcon DR will extend our operational capabilities,” says 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.”
The Seaeye Falcon has a proven record globally in many marine archaeological missions involving filming, recording, surveying and delicately recovering artefacts when appropriate.
During diving operations, the Falcon can helpfully preview dive sites, watch over divers and save time by transporting tools and materials back and forth.
As the world’s most successful robotic vehicle in its class, the Seaeye Falcon has a reliability record covering over a million hours underwater.
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 metre 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.
DST divers working on the wreck of a Spanish galleon off the Sardinian west coast.