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Remotely Operated Vehicles

ROVs are tools used to help conduct undersea research. They're operated remotely from the surface or from a submersible and are commonly used in situations when scuba diving is not feasible due to depth and time limitations or when expensive manned submersibles are not cost effective.

They come in many sizes, shapes, and designs. Some ROVs are built to perform specific purposes while others are general purpose with extra payload and power (electric or hydraulic) capabilities to accommodate various tools.

The Center's ROV operations are primarily supported using the Phantom S2 built by Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. The Phantom S2, used independently and in support of wet-diving and submersible operations, is capable of diving to depths of 300 meters. Standard equipment includes: color video with 12X zoom; high resolution digital still camera and strobe, parallel lasers for scaling, and an ultra short baseline tracking system combined with Hypack software that provides position information during the dive and georeference data for video and digital stills. Additional instrument package such as CTD, data collection devices such as a single function claw manipulator, and other scientist provided equipment can be integrated to the ROV.


Find out more about the capabilities of NURC’s ROV in the ROV One-Pager

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Spectrum II ROV

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Phantom 300 ROV