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Technology developed: Underwater Drone (TP19762265721)
Category: Product(Hardware/Material/Software)
Details of Inventor(s):
Inventor Institution/Organization/Company Department Designation
Technical Application Area: Automation and Robotics
If 'Other', please specify:
Please give more details of new technical application area:
Underwater drone is a Remotely Operated tethered underwater Vehicle ROV.It is highly maneuverable, and is operated by a crew either aboard a vessel or floating platform or on proximate land. It will carry multiple payloads like cameras, lights and various sensors for surveillance, navigation and inspection purpose.
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Pune
Affiliated Ministry: MeitY, Govt. of India
Type of technology development: Indigenous
Does the technology help in replacing any import items currently
procured from outside India?
Does the technology have export potential? Yes
Category of Technology developed: Immediate Deployment
Stage of Development: Field Test
Please describe in detail including the TRL Level:
Completed the design and development, lab trials, field trials of Underwater Drone which is basically a light weight portable rugged inspection class remotely operated submersible robotic vehicle.The unit was developed as a technology and functionality demonstrator model.The design is customisable as per the field requirements of the end user depending on the nature of indented application. The system can be mapped to a TRL 6 category.


Applications: 1. Sub sea bottom inspection 2. Hull inspection of Ships and boats 3. Study of coral reefs and marine ecosystem 4. Assistance in search and rescue mission operations in water bodies 5. Inspection of Dams , submerged structures like columns and piers of bridges etc 6. Target identification 7. Coastal surveillance
Advantages: 1. Underwater drones help replace the conventional manual divers who are being currently resorted to for various inspection purposes underwater. 2. The camera of Underwater drone captures live underwater video and send it through the tether to the Navigation Control Console, from where it will be displayed at the console display HMI. 3. The device is also capable of performing small works underwater like, collecting samples or solid objects, grabbing of cables,ropes etc using small robotic gripper and manipulator provided in the drone.

    Technology Inputs:

Imported Equipment/Spare Parts:
Equipment/Spare Parts Year ITC-HS Code
Neutrally buoyant tether,IP 68 rugged connectors,Underwater LED lights,Thrusters 2019-20
Indigenous Equipment/Spare Parts:
Equipment/Spare Parts Year ITC-HS Code
Mechanical frame structure of underwater drone, fixtures for Thrusters, camera, 2019-20
Imported Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
R 3318 Polyurethane syntactic buoyancy foam material 2019-20
Indigenous Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
Aluminium alloy Grade 6061 T6 2019-20
Existing R&D Facilities used:
Facilities Year ITC-HS Code
pilot production facilities of cdac 2019-20
model shop facility of cdac 2019-20

    R&D Investment:

R&D investment (Rs. in Lakhs):                    
Indian Source (Rs.) Foreign Source (Rs.) Year
25 0 NA

   Patents & Publications:

Filed Patents (No.) Granted Patents (No.) Year
0 0 NA
Submitted (No.) Published (No.) Year
0 0 NA

    Commercialization Potential:

Who are the Potential Licensees? 1. Special protection Group 2. Dam safety Authority 3. Search and Rescue services 4. NDRF 5. Irrigation department 6. Coast guard 7. Navy
What commercially available products address
the same problem?
Company Product Problem Addressed
Sabeyee ROV
Blue Robotics ROV,
VideoRAY Thrusters
ECA Group Underwater camera, Lights
Unmanned systems technology Inc Sidescan sonar
Hydro international Forward looking sonar
Would you like to develop this invention further with
corporate research support?
Would you be interested in participating in cluster based
programs for commercialization research or business
planning for your invention?
      Submitted by: Rajasree S Date of Submission: 5-8-2020

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