Patent Number: 6,167,831

Title: Underwater vehicle

Abstract: An underwater apparatus for performing subsurface operations adapted to be operated from a remote location above the surface of a body of water is disclosed. The apparatus includes a underwater vehicle that is made up of a tether management system connected to a detachable flying craft by a tether. The tether management system controls the amount of free tether between itself and the detachable flying craft. The detachable flying craft interfaces with various underwater structures. Also disclosed are methods of transferring power and/or data between two or more underwater devices using the underwater vehicle of the invention.

Inventors: Watt; Andrew M. (Jupiter, FL), Leatt; Allen F. (Tequesta, FL), MacKinnon; Calum (Aberdeen, GB)

Assignee: Coflexip S.A.

International Classification: B63C 11/42 (20060101); B63C 11/00 (20060101); B63G 8/00 (20060101); E21B 41/04 (20060101); E21B 41/00 (20060101); B63G 008/41 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018