An eye in the deep [CANSEC2016D1]

25 May 2016

Underwater inspection specialist Deep Trekker (Booth 426) will be demonstrating the application of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology to assist in reconnaissance, inspection and observation missions, and keep military divers out of harm’s way.

Historically, underwater search and inspection operations in support of missions such as search and rescue, ordnance disposal and hull survey have been performed by trained military divers. However, such missions can often put divers at significant risk.

Deep Trekker argues that an ROV system can mitigate these risks. At CANSEC, the company will be demonstrating both its DTG2 ROV model, optimised for general inspections in hard to reach places, and the DTX2 ROV model, with four vectored thrusters and a depth rating of 305m. The thrusters allow for lateral movement in the horizontal plane and, by activating the pitch system, can achieve simultaneous vertical and lateral movement.

Add-ons can include sonars, USBL positioning, cutters, Cygnus thickness gauge, and tether lengths of up to 400m.

The DTX2 is designed and engineered for jobs that take place in deeper water with stronger currents. The commercial DTG2 can travel at 2.5kts, with a depth rating of 100m and 150m, and has an endurance of 5-8 hours with one 1.5-hour battery charge. Its internal HD camera has a 330° field of view, providing exceptional all-round visibility.

“When there is a security threat, every second it takes to gain understanding of the situation matters,” commented Sam Macdonald, Deep Trekker president. “Our systems provide eyes underwater in less than 30 seconds, so military teams can immediately start collecting knowledge and evidence.”

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