Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilot tech students are on their first ROV pilot technician course that is run from the Underwater Centre in Tasmania.
SAAB Seaeye Falcon ROV and training personnel were flown from the Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, to help meet the demand for ROV pilot technicians in the Southern Hemisphere.
The pilot technicians fly and maintain the ROV. The training offers students the opportunities to pilot around divers that are welding underwater or using air lifts, augers and hydraulic tools to carry out underwater constructions tasks. Students also perform hull, anode, pipeline and shipwreck surveys in low-visibility waters.
The Seaeye Falcon is the first ROV in its class to have a distributed intelligence control system, a multi-drop network that allows up to 128 devices to be connected together on a single RS485 serial network and to be individually controlled by a master processor.
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