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VideoRay Newsletter Q4 2016: Annual ROV Check-up Special

Annual ROV Service & Checkup Is your VideoRay ready to perform at its best when you need it? Many systems spend months - or even years - in the closet. Or maybe it seemed a bit off somehow the last time you used it … Just like you need a annual check-up, your VideoRay system can benefit from a thorough checkout by experts at the ...
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VideoRay Newsletter Q4 2016: VideoRay Defense Expands with Key Wins

VideoRay Continues Expansion Into Worldwide National Defense Recent Sales to Italy, Korea, France, and India add to upgrades to US Coast Guard and US Navy VideoRay underwater inspection systems continue to spread throughout the world with several recent sales. VideoRay is the acknowledged standard in this class of portable, rugged, high-performance...
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OCTOBER 13, 2016 – VideoRay plays key role in location and recovery of three drowning victims in Lake Superior

Joint effort by Crossmon Consulting, Bruce's Legacy, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, and Local Agencies perform deep water recovery safely The story was very sad, but also not unusual. Three boaters – aged 9, 43, and 61, had been missing for two weeks. A large scale search by the Coast Guard Station Marquette, Michigan, Coast Guard Station Por...
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OCTOBER 11, 2016 – Oceaneering/NASA/VideoRay Training Collaboration yields results for USCG and International Subsea Inspection Companies

New Classes taught at Neutral Buoyancy in Houston produce highest ratings from students – more scheduled soon In September, the Oceaneering team at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy lab in Houston conducted their first two scheduled training classes on the use of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs.) The first was for nine students from seven differe...
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October 3, 2016 - VideoRay ROVs Keep Indiana DNR Safe in Four Separate Drowning Victim Recoveries

Each deployment this year was successful in rapid underwater location of victim, giving families closure without risk to divers IndyStar today released an extensive report on the benefits of VideoRay ROV systems in use by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Jim Hash of the DNR recounted that the systems found victims in hours, where before...
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September 29, 2016 - VideoRay's Mission Specialist Integrates Greensea Operating Platform for Navigation and Control

Richmond, Vermont USA — 18 September 2016 — Greensea, creator of OPENSEA™, the universal marine industry operating platform, has been selected by VideoRay as the software provider for the new Mission Specialist ROV. Greensea provides navigation, advanced autopilots, and automation for VideoRay's powerful new customizable vehicle. READ the Greensea ...
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SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 – Stinger prepares unique VideoRay fly out system from Seaeye Falcon, for North Sea Oilfield Decommissioning Services

Delivery System sends VideoRay with Subsea Interchangeable Tooling to Inspect and Collect Interior Samples for of Large Storage Tanks Offshore The problem facing Dong Energy in the North Sea is daunting. More than 500 platforms that have produced oil and gas for years are coming to the end of their productive lives. Many of these rival the size of ...
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 – VideoRay featured in the KEYSTONE EDGE: "‘Bringing the World to Pennsylvania,’ one company at a time

'Bringing the World to PA,' one company at a time By Elise Vider on August 25, 2016 For Pennsylvania companies making everything from heavy vehicles and aerospace equipment to snowboards and candy, international markets are boosting the bottom line. But exporting goods and services across the globe can be daunting, especially for smaller companies....
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 – Howard County Fire and Rescue Relies on New ROV technology to Work Underwater Rapidly, Efficiently, and Safely

Remotely Operated Vehicle serves as "Dive Team" Pottstown, PA -  In 2015, Howard County was facing a challenge with their many underwater response calls. They averaged one drowning a year plus several additional calls for the many reservoirs within the county. Each call required a mutual aid request from an outside agency, and response times w...
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September 9, 2016 – Alaska State Troopers use VideoRay to Aid in Search & Rescues

September 9, 2016 – Alaska State Troopers use VideoRay to Aid in Search & Rescues
Read the " Underwater Eyes " article in the Alaska State Trooper Times Training Video (Download)
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September 1, 2016 – California Institute of Technology Wins first prize at RoboSub Competition with Prototype VideoRay Thrusters

September 1, 2016 – California Institute of Technology Wins first prize at RoboSub Competition with Prototype VideoRay Thrusters

Team's collaboration with VideoRay yields many improvements to design and implementation of new technology

VideoRay thrusters have played a crucial role in many of the winners and top teams at Robosub over the years. At the 2015 competition Mark Fleming, VideoRay's San Diego employee, had a unique offer. Teams who could use the brand new technology in VideoRay's "Mission Specialist" thrusters almost a year before they were commercially available. This allowed VideoRay's engineering group to receive feedback on all aspects of the thrusters – performance, durability, features, and software. While several teams received thrusters, none were as serious or as demanding as Cal Tech's team.

Early in their testing several materials issues arose, and not only did Caltech provide feedback, they wrote a technical paper on their analysis and recommendations. These issues were then addressed before customer shipments. Other suggestions on improvements to control and feedback software are being evaluated for implementation in future releases.

The collaboration with Caltech has resulted in the industry's most powerful, efficient, and advanced thruster in this size and weight category. The fact that is both more powerful and efficient was key to victory in a battery-powered environment like Robosub. Control and feedback are far more advanced than any other option, including VideoRay's previous industry-leading Pro 4 and Pro 3 thrusters.


We greatly appreciate the help we received from Caltech, and look forward to working with their robotics teams for years to come.

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August 24, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 Explores Rare 18th Century Sloop Washington Discovered in Lake Ontario

​A rare 18 th century built sloop, Washington (also known as Lady Washington ), has been discovered in Lake Ontario off the shores of Oswego, New York by a team of shipwreck explorers. Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Stevens. The team used a VideoRay Pro 4 to explore the shipwreck. News Coverage:  Shipwreck World Fox News : [ art...
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August 17, 2016 – United States Coast Guard Nears Completion of Major Underwater Vehicle Upgrade

VideoRay Equipment – Standard for 14 Years – Now More Capable for Observation, Recovery, and Protection from Terrorism   VideoRay today announced that the United States Coast Guard is close to the completion of the modernization and phase replacement of the Maritime Safety and Security Teams and Regional Dive Lockers VideoRay ROV equipment. Th...
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August 16, 2016 – Learning about Renewable Energy from Goto Sea

​Japan Foundation uses the VideoRay Pro 4 as part of the Japan and the Ocean program for elementary school childern

On July 14th , elementary school children from Goto city participated in an experiential learning program to study about renewable energy and the local environment. About 90 students in the 5th and 6th grades (11 and 12 years old) had the opportunity to visit an offshore windfarm off the coast of Sakiyama, as well as learn from experts.

This event was organized by the Japan Foundation as a part of their national "Japan and the Ocean" program. This was the second opportunity for Goto city to host the program, this time focusing on "Marine renewable energy, fishery promotion and science".

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August 9, 2016 – World’s Deepest Blue Hole Verified by VideoRay Pro 4 in South China Sea

Researchers use Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore and discover 20 species of fish Last week researchers from Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection, supported by Sansha City Government in south China's island province of Hainan, unveiled new research on a previously unmeasured blue hole. Its depth, measured by the very accura...
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August 2, 2016 – Italian Coast Guard Purchase more than €200,000 worth of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Equipment

ROVs will be used for Underwater Police Tasks, Search and Recovery, Archeological Monitoring, Environmental Surveys, and other tasks VideoRay today announced that it has delivered VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs to the Italian Coast Guard , along with sonars and accessories. These will be used for many of the same tasks that the US Coast Guard, which standardi...
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July 28, 2016 - VideoRay makes public $1M award by Indian Navy

​ Customized Mission Specialist Systems to be used to underwater security teams  VideoRay announced a contract was awarded in the first quarter of 2016 with the Indian Navy. This contract was the result of a highly competitive procurement process for a fully upgradable Military Configured Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the Indian Navy to mee...
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July 26, 2016 - Expert VideoRay Operator uses Pro 4 to find Locomotive missing since June of 1910

Boulders on track caused wreck to tumble into depths over 200 feet; pictures and video show remarkable preservation

This story starts over a hundred years ago when a steam locomotive, a tender, and two box cars hit rock fall debris and fell off a Cliffside rail into Lake Superior. Three crew members died in the accident, but the missing rail equipment was not found until 2014, where one of the box cars was located by Terry Irvine of Ingersoll, PN, Paul Turpin of Discovery Charters in Rossport, ON and Bob Krause of Schreiber, ON. They vowed to return and continue to search, and two years later they did. On July 22nd, Tom Crossmon of Duluth, MN offered his 24 foot Lake Assault boat, ROV, and considerable ROV experience to a crew that also consisted of Ron Benson, Todd Janquart, Dave Schlenker, and Mac Schlenker. Tom's VideoRay Pro 4 ROV could spend unlimited time at any depth that the search would require, and was equipped with imaging sonar. This high tech search tool, combined with Tom's skill and a bit of luck, allowed him to located the locomotive and the remaining cars, and to image them along with the divers after the location was determined.

Recounting his experience, Tom noted "I was blown away to be the first person in 106 years to see this train as were the others on the boat with me." There are plans to return to the wreck site in August to do more documentation of the remarkably good condition it is in.

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July 19, 2016 - VideoRay Wins $1.5M USD Order from French Navy for Autonomous ROV Systems

Copilot RI Equipped Pro 4s use Dynamic Positioning Software From SEEBYTE for Mine Countermeasures Pottstown,PA - VideoRay today announced that it has received an order for multiple Copilot RI Systems from the French Navy. These specialized systems, based on the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV with multi-beam sonar and Doppler velocity log positioning, are ...
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VideoRay Newsletter Q3 2016: The Mission Specialist Series Arrives

Modular Components Enable Optimized Vehicle Configurations for Specific Applications VideoRay is rolling out two initial MSS vehicle configurations optimized for two specific job requirements. Each vehicle uses the same core modular components (cameras, lights, thrusters, etc.), but operating environment and mission payload requirements quite liter...
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