MULTIPLUTO is a high performances compact observation ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) designed for very deep ocean exploration. Depth rated to 4000 meters, MULTIPLUTO is the perfect tool for ocean science and seabed imaging.
MULTIPLUTO is by far the world smallest ultra deep ROV, with dimensions so compact to allow transportation in the trunk of a mid-size car. Weighing in at only 60 kg, and delivered in a fully portable configuration, MULTIPLUTO can be deployed without the need of expensive or encumbering structures even form a small rubber dinghy, thus contributing to cost reduction of the typically expensive scientific research activities.
MULTIPLUTO is particularly suitable for deep underwater explorations, scientific research in the fields of biology, geology, oceanology, sampling, archaeology, wreck inspection, and object recovery which is granted by the optionally available underwater tools.
In all, MULTIPLUTO is the ideal instrument for spot interventions in ultra deep missions for industrial, scientific, governmental, law enforcement, search, rescue and more.
The main body is an assembly of six carbon fibres pressure resistant cylinders, four of them housing high power batteries, the other two cylinders are packing the electronics. No floatation foam is used. The “SWAN head”, a very small head movable to look all around and supported by a long articulated neck is an extremely flexible sensor package combining full High Definition TV camcorder with integral 20 Megapixel still camera and corrected viewport, a relocation-navigation sonar, LED floodlight and a laser gauge. The propulsion is based on 4 pressure compensated brushless motors in a typical PLUTO configuration, two horizontal thrusters for forward-reverse and yawing movements plus two vertical vectored thrusters for up-down and side shift. No silt is being lifted by propellers.
|Dimensions||780 – 600 – 980 mm|
|Weight in air||58 kg|
|Maximum depth||4000 m|
|Maximum speed||3 Kn|
Flat screen for video image and overlay of navigation data, alarms, system information, sonar displays. Two joysticks for manual vehicle driving, one lever for cable control, acoustic beeper to warn the pilot of the cable unrolling or winding up. Pushbuttons and toggles to control other functions. The pilot can choose Manual steering acting on two joysticks or to select one or more automatic controls: depth, course and speed. In this case joysticks are used to set desired automatic values and pilot hands are free. An optional computer can take full control for true robotic missions.
Power converter used to recharge the vehicle batteries and as power source to the cable management drum and to the pilot console in case a 24 VDC line is not available aboard.