Trident – An Underwater Drone
After four years designing and piloting underwater drones, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned and completely re-imagined what an underwater drone could be. Trident has a unique design that combines the versatility and control of an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and the efficiency of an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). It can fly in long, straight survey lines called “transects” as well as perform delicate maneuvers in tight spaces, all while maintaining a sleek and powerful form factor.
Trident is easy to use and comes ready to go. Most importantly, it is incredibly fun to fly. (Flying really is the best term, because that’s exactly what it feels like when you’re piloting.)
Depth: Capable of 100m (will ship with a 25m tether – longer tethers will be sold separately)
Mass: 2.9 kg
Top Speed: 2 m/s
Run Time: 3 hours
We’ve designed Trident to be ultra portable and ultra durable. The form factor is small enough to fit in a backpack or fit under an airplane seat. The side panels are overmolded with a strong, rubber coating, which gives it protection from underwater obstacles as well as rough handling when being transported.
We built Trident to be the ultimate tool for explorers. But we also wanted to make sure that it was useful for a whole host of utilities. One of the most interesting new features – something that sets Trident in a class of its own – is its ability to conduct long transects, meaning it can run lawn mower patterns over large areas.
The benefit of this type of coverage is that you can create visualizations of what the seafloor looks like using photogrammetry software to create a 3D model of the work area.
The future of ocean exploration is here.