While SeaBotix’s LBV150SE-5 deep-water remote-operated vehicles are cool enough on their own, add their attachments, which can be fitted to the underwater probe, and the cool factor rises big time.
With the Micron Echosounder, Scanning Sonar, Crawler Skid, BlueView ProViewer 2D Imaging Sonar, Micron Nav Positioning System, Color Zoom Camera, and Laser Scaling, among others, it can do a variety of added detail, tasks and analysis.
The Crawler Skid is really cool, as it attaches to the object it wants to examine and can roll on the surface via a suction gadget, rather than the increased instability that comes from floating alongside the surface fighting ocean currents; although it can do that if need be.
The basic purpose of the vehicle is to go places which could be wearing out, but hard to get to and take a look at.
The U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) recently signed a $1.9 mm contract with SeaBotix Inc. to acquire 27 of the LBV150SE-5 underwater vehicles.