India joins select group of Nations with homegrown underwater robotic drone
19 September 2018|09 Muharram 1440|India Times
A Kochi-based company has introduced India’s first underwater robotic drone. The company, EyeROV technologies, has revealed smart micro-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) called EyeROV TUNA.
According to a report by The Better India, the founders of EyeROV, Johns T Mathai and Kannappa Palaniappan P said that the drone can help get real-time video of underwater structures and help with underwater inspections.
The EyeROV has been designed to get visual information in form of surveys. It weighs less than 10 kg and can dive up to 100 meters in challenging underwater environment.
With control options like joysticks, laptops and other remote hardware, this micro-ROV can capture HD video images underwater and send them to its operators.
This can be used in various critical missions like in-depth research and even rescue missions.
The idea of the drone is also to reduce the risk of manual labour that is required for underwater operations. This can save divers’ effort and their lives and is even cost-effective.
Rohit Surendran, the Chief Marketing Manager at EyeROV told the New Indian Express about the availability of the product in the market from the company and that the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) made the first order of the product on 14 September 2018. That’s the laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).