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VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles have proven an affordable and exceptional learning tool for academic users.  The ROV system can both complement and at times replace other data collection platforms such as divers.  The minimal logistics required makes getting in and out of the field as easy as possible.  The VideoRay’s simple operation makes it suitable for all operators, from neophyte undergraduates to the saltiest PhDs.  VideoRay ROVs are also one of the most affordable vehicles available, helping to stretch research grant dollars allowing for more field time.  They have been used for ecological surveys and assessments, fishery studies, archaeology, benthic and under ice exploration, and other submerged academic applications.  While small in size, VideoRay ROVs can support a multitude of sensor packages from imaging sonars, to fluorometers, to custom High Definition 3D cameras. 

In addition to helping field scientists use ROVs as an enabling tool for research, VideoRay also strongly supports researchers and engineers who are building new tools.  Our open platform, rich software development kit, and accessible Research & Development staff make designing new cutting edge accessories for the VideoRay ROV a pleasure.  The VideoRay University Kit developer package provides an excellent starting point for researchers interested in building underwater vehicles.  This kit provides a fully field-tested underwater vehicle as a building block, helping you invent the future without reinventing the wheel.

VideoRay also sells our powerful and efficient Pro 4 brushless motor thrusters as a kit to incorporate with your own project.  The horizontal thrusters, coupled with hydro-dynamically optimized propellers and nozzles, produce the highest thrust-to-vehicle weight (21 pounds of thrust on a 10 pound vehicle) and thrust-to-drag ratios in the industry - over 2 to 1 thrust to weight ratio.  This combination ensures you’ll have the power when you need it, along with the ability to pull long umbilicals and work in currents that divers wouldn’t dare attempt.  Formal US Navy tests confirm 21 pounds of sustained thrust on a Pro 4 ROV with the now standard 33 amp boards. 


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Basic Specifications: » Program Agreement
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Depth Rating:

ROV Dimensions:

Tether Included:

305 m (1,000 ft)

37.5, 28.9, 22.3 cm (14.75, 11.4, 8.75 in)

20 m (66 ft) Terminated Performance Tether

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Pro4Thruster sm-182-600-450-80

Pro 4 Brushless Motor Thrusters


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