Autonomous robotic deep sea lander
TURTLE is an
autonomous robotic deep sea lander, which has been developed by INESC TEC, the Autonomous Systems Laboratory (LSA)
of the School of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP), the Portuguese
Navy Research Centre (CINAV), and the companies ply and A. Silva Matos
Metalomecânica (the latter was the leader of the consortium). It is operating since 2015.
TURTLE is a hybrid lander, being capable of staying at the bottom of the sea for long periods of time, but also of autonomously relocating itself and surfacing for maintenance operations. It is also able to dive and ascend with high-energy efficiency, and its autonomous capabilities allow for reduced operational costs and flexibility.
TURTLE is the first deep sea robotic system fully developed at Portugal.
Photos and videos are available at the Gallery.