Rigorous, satellite-linked operational testing has seen the Leopard undertake complex tasks whilst under the direct remote control of a pilot located at a shore base several thousand miles away.
Fingertip remote control of the Leopard by the pilot enabled him to perform a step-by-step operation of mating and un-mating underwater connectors.
At the same time, the piloting operation was deliberately challenged by a 20 per cent data drop-out to prove the capability of Saab Seaeye’s advanced iCON intelligent control architecture over a satellite link.
Other robotic work and inspection vehicles can be controlled in this way, says the company, including their Sabertooth AUV, a hybrid system that can operate as both a roaming AUV and an ROV that can perform light work tasks — and is an ideal system for long term residency operations in remote locations.
Satellite linked operations have seen the Leopard undertake complex tasks whilst under the direct remote control of a pilot located at a shore base several thousand miles away.