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OpenROV v2.7 Now Available!

Today we're releasing OpenROV v2.7. It represents the latest in everything we've learned about building an affordable and capable underwater robot. Although the overall shape may seem similar to the previous version, almost every aspect of the ROV has been improved and upgraded. Our focus has been on increasing the usability and robustness of the vehicle, while keeping the price as accessible as possible. We're proud of what we've come up with.

From a performance perspective, the OpenROV v2.7 is the best ROV we've ever built. It streams HD video back to the surface laptop over an ultra-thin two-wire tether. It maneuvers using the same thruster configuration as previous models, however new…

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Posted by David Lang on November 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Dragon's Breath Cave, Namibia

I was wondering if the ROV community could advise me about whether portable ROV's exist for exploring deep lakes.  The one that I am examining specifically is located in Dragon's Breath Cave in Namibia.  This is the world's largest underground lake, 5 acres in area.  100 feet below the surface.  The depth of the lake is beyond 300 feet, and its bottom has not been surveyed. access is through a small hole in the ceiling.  you can get inflatables down there, but do small portable ROV's exist?  

thanks to anyone for information.  cheers, tco

Posted by Tullis C. Onstott on November 18, 2014 at 3:40am — 1 Comment

Diver Laura's Stormwater Adventures


Diver Laura has been posting some incredibly good (and very informative) videos to OpenExplorer recently. I've pasted one above, but she's got a whole series that you can follow on OpenExplorer regarding the investigation of Seattle storm drains. Check it out: 

https://openexplorer.com/expedition/seattlestormdrainrover

Posted by David Lang on November 11, 2014 at 4:43pm

Finding Acrylic Cement Outside the USA

Finding acrylic solvent has been a difficult thing for international OpenROV users. OpenROV doesn't have the means to be able to ship this stuff from HQ due to mild flammability and different country restrictions. I'm writing this post to give ROV'ers around the world a place for information they need to find acrylic cement in other countries. I'd like to invite any comments from folks who've been successful at this so that others may learn and succeed as well.

This discussion will be sent to the forums after a while, maybe.

We're going to look at three types of solvent cement that we've used successfully here at the lab. I will provide some links and pictures for each. This by no means is comprehensive nor have I been able to find retail outlets (both online or brick-and-mortar) for these. Hopefully by users posting their own finding as comments we can get a list going.

1) IPS Weld-on 3 / Weld-on 4…

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Posted by Zack on November 6, 2014 at 3:32pm — 7 Comments

 
 
 

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OpenROV v2.7 Now Available!

Today we're releasing OpenROV v2.7. It represents the latest in everything we've learned about building an affordable and capable underwater robot. Although the overall shape may seem similar to the previous version, almost every aspect of the ROV has been improved and upgraded. Our focus has…See More
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Dragon's Breath Cave, Namibia

I was wondering if the ROV community could advise me about whether portable ROV's exist for exploring deep lakes.  The one that I am examining specifically is located in Dragon's Breath Cave in Namibia.  This is the world's largest underground lake, 5 acres in area.  100 feet below the surface.  The depth of the lake is beyond 300 feet, and its bottom has not been surveyed. access is through a small hole in the ceiling.  you can get inflatables down there, but do small portable ROV's…See More
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