Portuguese Navy completes hydrography training with EQS Falcon

Training exercises aboard a Portuguese Navy hydrographic vessel have been completed by Environment Quality Services (EQS) using their Saab Seaeye Falcon robot.

The crew aboard the Portuguese Navy vessel Andrómeda, off the coast of Portugal, commanded by First Lieutenant Ribeiro de Carvalho. Photo: Saab Seaeye

Teams from the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute and EQS undertook several exercises over three days on board the Portuguese Navy vessel Andrómeda, commanded by First Lieutenant Ribeiro de Carvalho, off the coast of Portugal.

The main objective was to verify the operability and functionalities of the systems in their various configurations along with the spectrum of commitment, says Carlos Rodrigues of EQS.

This included basic navigation, object collection, integration of sonar systems and exercises with a USBL positioning system.

The Seaeye Falcon remotely controlled underwater vehicle allows for extended observation of the sea floor and underwater structures, explains Carlos Rodrigues, making it possible to increase the ship’s scientific research capabilities.

Chosen for its power and task range, typically found in much larger robotic vehicles, the Falcon’s module-focussed iCON intelligent distributed control architecture makes adding and changing systems easy and future-flexible for evolving technologies.

Photo: Saab Seaeye