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EyeROV TUNA India’s first underwater robotic drone handed over to NPOL

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    20th Sep, 2018
  • Recently, India’s first underwater robotic drone EyeROV TUNA was handed over to Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Context

  • Recently, India’s first underwater robotic drone EyeROV TUNA was handed over to Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

About

  • It has been designed and developed indigenously by Kochi-based start-up IROV Technologies Pvt Ltd (EyeROV).
    a. IROV Technologies Pvt Ltd is backed by Kerala Start-Up Mission, oil and gas firm BPCL and Department of Science and Technology.
  • It is a smart micro-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) or underwater drone.
  • It can be controlled using laptop or joystick. It is fitted with camera that helps to give live HD video feed of the submarine environment.
  • It is equipped to perform variety of functions, including inspection of ship hulls, undersea cables, fish farms, dams, port structure, and bridge foundations.
    a. It can perform visual inspection and surveys of submerged structures up to a depth of 100 metres.

Significance

  • It will be used by NPOL for R&D activities which in turn would result in its commercialization for defence purposes.
  • Its commercial use will eliminate need for costlier and riskier manual inspection by divers.
  • Equipped with designwhich is at par with global standard, it has operational capabilities to work in harsh and mission-critical underwater environment.
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