Underwater snake robot

SlinkyA sea snake robot is being developed by Kongsberg Maritime, Eelume and petroleum company Statoil.

Eelume is a NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) spinoff company.  NTNU has been conducting research on underwater snake robots for more than 10 years.

The maintenance robot will be permanently installed on the ocean floor and used for visual inspections and tasks such as adjusting valves.

Bjørn Jalving, Executive Vice President Subsea Division at Kongsberg Maritime states:

“It is a new tool that will enable operators to realise large scale cost savings by introducing new ways of conducting routine tasks and helping prevent unscheduled shutdowns by reacting instantly when required.”

See NTNU’s earlier snake robot named Aiko designed to help rescue people trapped in rubble or fallen buildings.

Kongsberg via Link

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