Schmidt Ocean Institute is developing a remotely controlled robotic vehicle for use on research vessel Falkor. The vehicle is designed for 4,500 m depth below the surface.
R/V Falkor has a 300 m SAAB SeaEye Falcon ROV for use in shallow water up to 300 m depth. The ROV is especially helpful for remote coral reef survey work.
The Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicles (HROV) will be developed sequentially, following the 4,500 m ROV with gradually advancing depth and operational capabilities to support scientific research throughout the full range of ocean depths.
Schmidt Ocean Institute has supported several drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with successful launches and recoveries aboard R/V Falkor. These systems have been used to collect ocean surface and atmospheric data.