Main Engines
Performed major overhaul of 14 cylinder heads.

Port Main Engine Clutch
Conducted major overhaul.

Sea Water Cooler
Replaced all of the cooler plates.

Emergency Generator
Implemented upgrades to increase main buss capacity and the supply air ventilation fan capacity.

Event Logger
Developed software logging system to track vehicle technical and scientific operations as well as scientific ROV operations, allowing for easy annotation, time stamping and geo stamping of ROV science events. Online access to this information allows review by shoreside collaborators and staff.

Irradiance Sensors
Falkor’s suite of sunlight sensors were relocated and expanded, allowing for better exposure to the sky and the collection of important new data. Data are saved in a repository allowing their use by scientists around the globe and providing historical data for future studies.

High Performance Computing
Installed Graphics Processing Unit power to Falkor’s High Performance Computer system to support scientists’ and researchers’ new emerging technologies. A research vessel first!

Cybersecurity & Falkor’s Network Enrollment
Redesigned the enrollment process for wireless and wired networks through implementation of a sophisticated software system that protects the entire network from unauthorized computers or users.

Ship-to-Shore Video Enhancements
By using the core video matrix and cutting edge audio distribution, Falkor crew members can now route real-time events to the encoders and push them straight to the internet over the satellite connection.

Remote Operation of ROV SuBastian

Designed and tested in-house architecture allowing control of SuBastian tethered to Falkor from a land-based operating station.

Seafloor Stereo Imagery Capability
SOI’s engineers developed a photomosaicing skid mounted under SuBastian to collect high resolution stereo-imagery of the seafloor around seeps, vents, and whale falls. This skid utilizes SuBastian’s new automated line following capability to combine these image sets into detailed 3D and 2D models for interactive research and analysis of the seafloor.

Better Vehicle Control
Added new waypoint execution mode for much tighter line following and control over the speed at which waypoints are executed.

Operational Procedures
Added new operational procedures to maximize ship time and dive efficiencies working simultaneously with AUVs using reconnaissance mapping to pinpoint subsea targets, and directing the ROV to key study sites.

More Power Options
Installed a science transformer to allow researchers’ instruments to have a greater power range for sensor integration (i.e. 110v – 220v) and added voltage regulators to provide lower voltage range (i.e 5v, 6v, 12v & 24v).

Expanded growing inventory of scientific instrumentation, including the integration of 19 new pieces of equipment onto SuBastain on a single dive.

Catenary Float Rack For Umbilical
Falkor’s Engine Department fabricated a float rack for the Aft Deck to allow for a more ergonomic, safe and efficient method of stowing and installing the floats during vehicle deployment and recovery operations.