Forssea Kits Out Its ROV with USV Plug-And-Play
French subsea solutions developer Forssea Robotics has launched new light intervention and smart ROV for plug-and-play USV interfacing.
The standard ARGOS version currently comes with “smart” piloting modes including latency management, auto-diagnosis features, dynamic positioning which is based on visual, acoustic and/or inertial navigation system/doppler velocity log (INS/DVL) sensors and GO-TO features.
Visual docking can be used to dock the ROV back inside its tether management system (TMS), especially in challenging weather conditions, Forssea explains.
In addition to the smart piloting modes of ARGOS, the base system is supplied with a transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP) surface control unit adapting it to be installed on an unmanned surface vessel (USV) with the capacity to perform either full autonomous operations or through the use of remote piloting from an onshore control centre.
Gautier Dreyfus, CEO of Forssea, said: “We believe that the home for resident ROVs is not the seabed but USV. The requirements are similar: long immersions cycles and all electric design to reduce maintenance, supervised piloting mode with low latency, and autonomous features to deal with communication loss and pre-programmed operations such as pipe survey or asset inspection.”