Crevice-diving with the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone
Friday, September 28, 2018 / Water-filled crevice, Linesøya, Norway
During the 2018 Blueye strategy workshop at Linesøya in Trøndelag, Norway, some of the Blueye Team members headed out with the underwater drone to explore a nearby water-filled crevice. As our Project Manager, Ane Mengshoel, is an experienced cave diver, we ofcourse had to test and see how the underwater drone would handle diving in a narrow lookalike cave filled with water.
As the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone is the first of its kind, we aim to test it for multiple purposes. Since our Project Manager, Ane Mengshoel, is an experienced and enthusiastic cave diver, we wanted to bring the drone to a nearby water-filled crack in the mountain during our trip to Linesøya to test the drone and its function in a narrow place like this.
As the underwater drone is quite neat (weights less than 9 kg and is not wider than 48 cm), it wasn't hard to simply strap the drone to Rune's backpack. The tether (cabel) was stuffed inside the backpack together with the WSU and controller.
Ane started diving in 2001 and advanced into cave-diving in 2013. She has performed over 230 dives in caves and mines, and see clear benefits with using the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone for her exploration-expeditions.
How divers can benefit from using the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone:
- Exploring the seabed for wrecks and other interesting diving sites before using unnecessary and expensive gas
- Mapping divesites in advance to conclude a strategy for the dive
- Checking the dive potential in new caves located in remote areas before carrying the scuba gear there
- Using the underwater drone as a digital diving-mask for sites and wreck out of range for humans
Blueye Pioneer strapped to Rune's backpackRune carrying the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone on to his backpack
The team climbing up to the creviceThe Blueye Team climbing upwards to the crevice
Crevice viewView from the crevice
Starting up the droneAne and Rune getting the underwater drone ready for it's dive
Oda with headlightOda looking upwards with her headlight inside the crevice
Drone in waterThe Blueye Pioneer underwater drone lighting up the water-filled crevice
Ane and the Blueye PioneerAne and the Blueye Pioneer
Rune pointingRune pointing towards the open ocean