OTC 2018: Houston Mechatronics introduces subsea robot

Houston Mechatronics will unveil Aquanaut at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference.

Aquanaut
Aquanaut

Offshore staff

HOUSTON– Houston Mechatronics will unveil Aquanaut at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference.

Aquanaut is a multi-purpose subsea robot which employs a patented shape-shifting transformation from an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), removing the need for vessels and tethers.

The vehicle enables both the efficient collection of data over long distances as well as manipulation of subsea objects at a lower cost than today's technology.

CEO Matthew Ondler said: “We firmly believe that this technology is a revolution in subsea robotics. Aquanaut, and our tightly coupled over-the-horizon software Commander, enables Houston Mechatronics to deliver more feature rich, safer subsea services to commercial and defense customers that demand it.

“Our team developed some of the most advanced robots that NASA ever produced and has been developing advanced subsea robotics technology for confidential customers for years. Aquanaut represents the pinnacle of our company’s expertise and experience and we are beyond excited to introduce this vehicle to customers.”

CTO Nic Radford added: “Aquanaut was designed to operate over-the-horizon with onshore operator supervision. We have removed the need for onsite vessels (and people) from subsea work while still maintaining the operator’s situational awareness and the ability to modify missions, which our customers demand…”

Houston Mechatronics is exhibiting at booth #8747.

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