RAO-II: an AUV for underwater inspection
PublisherSARTI (Technological Development Centre of Remote Acquisition and Data processing Systems)
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AIRSUB is a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology whose aim is to explore the industrial applications of underwater robots. The Systems, Robotics and Vision Group (SRV) from the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) is responsible for the subproject of cable/pipeline inspection . To this purpose, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is under development as a platform to test the vision algorithms, control strategies and software architectures devised in the last years. This paper describes the main characteristics of the new platform, which is based on a commercial Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The original vehicle has been deeply modifi ed in structure as well as in its electric, electronic and sensorial facets to obtain fully autonomous operation.