Before the summer vacation, we started our long-awaited piloting testing at one of our partner Ballangen Sjofarm's sites. And now we can finally share the first results!
After a month of constant use and testing, we can establish that our concept truly works! This means we are nearer to achieving a truly "Autonomous net inspection and cleaning solution"! -That's Awesome!
Significant findings after the first month of use:
Probot can operate in 90cm/sec of water current when cleaning.
Probot can operate in 180cm/sec of water current when inspecting. That’s like a river!
The Submersible docking works excellent and holds the drone secure in place even in a heavy storm.
Probot cleans the net even without a brush! (Still, a Brush is coming on soon, but we follow a strict test plan).
We can now send live video and data from our drones everywhere.
Our detection algorithm works and finds holes already in the Beta version.
The system is robust, and we already see that PROBOT can be able to live a long life in the pens under all conditions. -these have been our most important development criteria!
The hydrodynamics of the drone is fantastic! Its slides in the water like a knife in butter.
The most impressive finding is how much current we could clean the net in. Almost 1 meter/sec of water current is a lot!
The pilot testing is performed on an site in Ofotfjord with high currents and harse conditions. Over 105cm/sec of current have been measured on the site. The prototype we are currently testing is in our seventh series of prototypes. This is the last prototype series before our production model launch.