iXblue Launch Its First Remotely Operated Towed Vehicle

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  • iXblue has launched FlipiX.
  • When combined with the DriX USV, FlipiX can operate down to 50 meters of water depths in its standard version.
  • Operating at towing speeds up to 7 knots, the FlipiX ROTV altitude, pitch and roll are autonomously controlled to maintain measuring instruments at a fixed altitude and constant attitude.

iXblue has launched FlipiX, its first remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV), designed to be operated autonomously from the DriX uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) or from a light vessel, says an article published on offshore energy website. 

FlipiX, first remotely operated towed vehicle

When combined with the DriX USV, FlipiX can operate down to 50 meters of water depths in its standard version and provides optimal positioning of measurement instruments for data acquisition as close to the seabed as needed.

According to iXblue, FlipiX is said to enhance autonomous survey capabilities and allow the performance of multi-sensor operations in a single run.

Operating at towing speeds up to 7 knots, the FlipiX ROTV altitude, pitch and roll are autonomously controlled to maintain measuring instruments at a fixed altitude and constant attitude.

This active motion control bestows the ROTV with increased stability and maneuverability, even during U-turns, resulting in enhanced measurement quality in challenging maritime environments and in reduced survey time, iXblue concluded.

“Leveraging our unique expertise in navigation, robotics and shipbuilding, and benefitting from our extensive return on experience deploying our DriX USV on major projects for energy companies and hydrographic institute worldwide, we are committed to offer operators with a more comprehensive ecosystem for autonomous surveying,” said Stéphane Vannuffelen, Marine Autonomy technical director at iXblue.

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Source: offshore energy 

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