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Posted September 16, 2015

Trident is underwater drone, that combines the control of an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and the efficiency of an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle).

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The data connection to Trident is set up via buoyant tether. It communicates to a towable buoy on the surface and the buoy connects to the pilot using a long range WiFi signal. Using a wireless towable buoy greatly increases the practical range of the vehicle while doing transects and search patterns since a physical connection between the vehicle and the pilot doesn’t need to be maintained. You can connect to the buoy and control Trident using a tablet or laptop from a boat or from the shore.

Tech specs

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Depth: Capable of 100m
Top Speed: 2 m/s
Run Time: 3 hours

The software that drives Trident is a living open-source project.

The project campaign is on the Kickstarter, the early bird price are gone, but you can still get it for $799, an estimated delivery is on Nov of 2016.

 

 

Source: Kickstarter

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