The Roving Bat, a hybrid free-flying ROV and crawler designed and made by CSIP, a UK based company specialising in the design, development and manufacturing of remote controlled robotic systems for hostile environments, was the star of a documentary recently aired in Germany.
ZDF Umwelt magazin, a German television programme focusing on environmental topics, chose to feature the Roving Bat in a documentary about how offshore activity requires high-tech equipment to function effectively.
The Roving Bat, equipped with a hydrocarbon leak detection system, was used in the documentary and underwater cameras gave viewers a clear view of the ROV in action.
Simon Gilligan, Managing Director of CSIP said: "When ZDF Umwelt magazin approached us to use the Roving Bat in the documentary, we were only too pleased to demonstrate the ROV's impressive capabilities.
"The Roving Bat was originally designed to survey the hulls of ships, underwater structures and hydraulic dams for any signs of damage. It can also be used for the search and disposal of limpet mines and other explosive and suspect devices attached on ships hulls, harbour walls or piers, making it one of the most popular vehicles in our fleet.
"The Roving Bat has 6 built-in thrusters, 2 longitudinal and 4 vertical, making it very powerful and capable of withstanding heavy currents for stable and reliable inspection. Its body has been designed to minimise drag, reaching its target in free-flying mode and sticks to any vertical or inclined surface. It can then move along this surface in crawling mode for close inspection and can achieve coverage of up to 20 metres per minute. With a thrust of 80 kg when travelling in a vertical direction and 48 kg in a horizontal direction it allows the vehicles to operate in extreme conditions.
"Because of these capabilities, it was the perfect example to use in the documentary and since the documentary aired we have received several enquiries from researchers in Germany interested in the Roving Bat."