Igloo Innovations Inc. is developing flying submersibles – hybrid UUV / UAVs that are designed to operate in air and under water. Two models — Alfa and Chimera — will be commercially available in 2019. As an example application, a SeaHawk vehicle could be used for inspection of assets with components above and below the water line (bridges, ships, platforms, utilities, wind farms, fish farms, etc.). The ability to operate above, at, and below the surface enables the collection of better data cheaper and faster… because drones can do more than fly.
SeaHawk Alfa: The Alfa looks much like a typical quadcopter and performs similarly in air. Unlike a quadcopter, the Alfa has a detachable buoy on top that contains wireless communication technology to transmit imagery and data to the control station. When the vehicle submerges, the buoy remains on the surface and tethered to the vehicle to maintain communication. The buoy may also be removed for autonomous underwater operations. The Alfa has a payload capacity of 5 kg (10 lbs) and a maximum flight speed of 60 km/hr (37 mph). A dedicated underwater propulsion system moves the Alfa at speeds of up to 4 kts while submerged. Its operational depth is 50 m (150 ft), and it can operate for approximately 60 minutes combined in either medium.
SeaHawk Chimera: The Chimera appears similar to the Alfa, except that the vehicle stays at the surface and only the payload is deployed under water. With an impressive payload capacity of up to 20 kg (40 lbs), the vehicle is intended as a modular platform to carry a wider range of payloads than the Alfa. For example, the payload can be an ROV or AUV providing advanced underwater capabilities. The Chimera can also hover above the water and lower down a sampling device to collect samples with minimal disturbance to the water surface.
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