Students get first hand experience piloting the Falcon under International Marine Contractors Association guidelines.
Students involved in marine studies come from universities and colleges across America for the opportunity to interact with the real underwater world – including operating the Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle.
Their course covers the calibration, deployment, operation, maintenance, and management of marine technology assets, including data collection, processing and mapping.
Part of the course involves examining shipwrecks at depths of around 150 metres whilst operating the Falcon which is fitted with an advanced sonar system to help students study underwater robotics as a multicomponent resource used across a wide range of subsea activities.
Having such an advanced sonar system enables students to experience a range of imaging and profiling data collection options that include bathymetric measurement, seafloor imaging, obstacle avoidance, structural inspection and vessel hull inspection.
Students benefit from first-hand experience by piloting the Falcon under International Marine Contractors Association guidelines.