Submersible Crawling Robot
The C-TALON® robotic crawler is designed for use in rivers, surf zone, and limited access harbor areas. Based on QinetiQ North America’s TALON EOD robot, the C-TALON robot brings a unique set of capabilities to the difficult and harsh operating environments of the ocean, rivers and harbor areas.
The robot carries navigation, communication and payload sensors, including compass, pressure sensor, odometer, GPS, fiber-optic link, hi-res imaging sonar, hydrophone, and drive and inspection night-vision cameras.
Compared to an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), an underwater crawler presents important benefits such as resistance to strong and dynamic water currents, surf-zone and land access, and being able to employ sleep-mode for extended periods of time without the use of a dedicated docking station.
Expertise in Action
The C-TALON crawlers have been used for a variety of purposes, including riverine navigation research by Draper Laboratory of Cambridge, MA. The C-TALON now incorporates navigation and guidance software developed by Draper Laboratory.