u-Cat ARROWS will visit shipwrecks divers won’t dare to enter

November 30, 2013 12:00 | By | 2 Comments

The u-Cat underwater rover mimics the sea turtle in an effort to map shipwrecks that are too dangerous for human divers to enter. Because it doesn’t rely on a traditional propeller setup, it kicks up a lot less muck and dirt that obscure camera vision- a common problem in underwater rover missions.

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This is part of the european ARROWS project, which “proposes to adapt and develop low cost autonomous underwater vehicle technologies to significantly reduce the cost of archaeological operations, covering the full extent of archaeological campaign.”

Click on for the presentation video after the break.

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  1. Eric says:

    Do you know how the rover is controlled? I didn’t see any cord/wire in the video…must be low frequency of some kind?

    • fpvcentral says:

      That is a good question. Supposedly the rover transmits a video feed so it can’t be sound control or even longwave. It could well be that they will use a tethered version in the end. Or that it transmits to a nearby diver via UHF.

      The articles are very lithe on technical detail sadly…

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