Norwegian undersea drone specialist Stinger Technology together with U.S.-based robotics firm Houston Mechatronics is bringing a subsea robot to Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry.

The undersea robot, dubbed Aquanaut, is both a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), capable of transforming back and forth between both according to applications such as performing undersea inspections, repairs and maintenance.

In ROV mode, the Aquanaut can turn valves, operate subsea tools and scan underwater structures. In AUV mode, the robot can perform seabed mapping and conduct wide area structural inspections, even inspecting the underside of structures.

According to Houston Mechatronics, oil and gas customers in Norway could potentially see a 30% to 40% savings in operational costs with the undersea robot.

To see how the undersea robot transforms from ROV to AUV, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of Houston Mechatronics.

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