Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles

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Tethered unit stays underwater for hours; Safely operated and transported by a single person; Minimizes need to dive

VideoRay Inc. announced today the VideoRay Pro, a new portable-power, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for underwater inspections and projects. Weighing just eight pounds, VideoRay costs a fraction of the price of other ROVs. Fun and functional, Video Pro is ideal for boat owners who would like to inspect hull condition and anchor security, or explore the undersea world from the comfort and safety of the deck or dock. With a tether up to 500 feet in length and optional manipulators, VideoRay Pro grabs objects underwater and allows boaters to stay dry when performing maintenance or visual checks.

While the boat is moored or in port, the VideoRay Pro captures a clear view of sea life and feeds live video to a monitor on the deck. VideoRay is a fun diversion for boat passengers of any age, as it moves stealthily through the water like many sea creatures at up to 2 knots. Because it does not create bubbles, it does not scare away sea life. To use VideoRay Pro, simply drop the compact VideoRay sub and tether into the water and start exploring from the safety of the boat or dock. Because VideoRay can sustain in temperatures ranging from 32 to 122 degrees F or 0-40 degrees C for hours, it stays underwater long after humans would have to surface.

VideoRay is much easier to handle and more convenient than other ROVs, which require large generators, special transport, and more space on the vessel. Starting at $14,000 (US dollars), VideoRay Pro is considerably less than other ROVs.

Similar in operation to a computer video game, VideoRay Pro has a control box with a joystick and simple controls. Text or graphical video overlay (Genlock) of compass, depth, and date/time are also available. For stability and study, the auto-depth feature lets VideoRay Pro stay at the desired operating depth. This lets the user focus on objects underwater instead of on operation of VideoRay Pro.

With two optional manipulators, VideoRay Pro can pick up and retrieve objects with agility. Manipulators are offered in multiple jaw shapes and sizes and can be mounted to the VideoRay sub, transporters, or extendible boom poles.

The average adult can understand basic operation in five minutes. For greater control, four hours of learning time are recommended. Just 14 inches long, 9 inches wide, and 8.5 inches high, VideoRay Pro is contained in two rugged, waterproof Pelican cases that are easily carried by hand.

SPECIFICATIONS

Depth Rating: 0-250 ft.
Speed: 0-2 knots
Dimensions: 14 inches (length)
9 inches (width)
8.5 inches (height)

Weight: 8 lbs.
Housings: Anodized 6061 T6 Aluminum
Temp. Range: 32-122 degree F
0-40 degree C
Operating Voltage: 48-72 VDC

THRUSTERS

  • Horizontal:
  • 1 port, 1 starboard

  • Vertical:
  • 1 midship
    STANDARD LIGHTS

  • Halogen:
  • 1 port, 1 starboard
    OPTIONAL REAR FACING LIGHTS

  • Halogen:
  • 1 port, 1 starboard
    STANDARD CAMERA

  • Color CCD
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  • Resolution:
  • 350 -500+ lines

  • Minimum illumination:
  • 5 lux

  • Video Standard:
  • PAL or NTSC
    OPTIONAL HI RES CAMERA

  • Color CCD
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  • Resolution:
  • 450 B&W or 570 color lines

  • Minimum illumination:
  • .3 or .5 lux

  • Video Standard:
  • PAL or NTSC
    OPTIONAL REAR FACING CAMERA

  • B&W CCD
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  • Video Standard:
  • PAL or NTSC
    TETHER

  • Length (Standard):
  • 250 feet

  • Optional Extension:
  • 250 feet

  • Diameter (nom):
  • 0.4 inches
    STANDARD FEATURES

  • Auto Depth Function
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  • Designed Plug-in for Tool Pack

  • OPTIONAL CONTROL, TOOLING AND DISPLAY ENHANCEMENTS

  • On-screen depth/heading/date/time/tool reading(text)
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  • RS-232 Digital PC Control Function
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  • Minimanip or Micromanip Gripper
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  • Desert Star ROV PILOTTMTracking System
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  • AMP-100 GM Tube Radiation Detector
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  • Lock-Wiring of External Vehicle Fasteners
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  • Optional 5 inch LCD Display Mounted in Lid of Control Box
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  • Optional personal head mounted display
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