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NUMA - Clive Cussler's National Underwater and Marine Agency

"Founded by Dr. Clive Cussler, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) is a non-profit, volunteer foundation dedicated to preserving our maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.+

 - See

Yep. Interesting site.

"NUMA is a 501c3 non-profit with no full-time staff. The majority of funding (more than 95%) for…


Added by Jim N. on October 22, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

New Community Hack: WiFi enabled Tether Management System

Hey there, community. Short time ago Dominik introduced to us the Community Hacks section on Dozuki. I wrote up an article on how to build a WiFi enabled Tether Management System so that no cables are hanging from your laptop anymore.…


Added by Nils Jakobi on October 18, 2014 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

Pressure Testing Results!

Hey Guys, 

After an Etube end cap failed on an expedition in Lake Shasta, we decided to conduct an experiment on end cap assembly and methods which we believe might negatively affect the integrity and therefore fail at a lower PSI than expected. 

We lost many end caps and Etubes in the process, but we came out of it more knowledgeable about our…


Added by JR Wong on October 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Supporting citizen science on OpenExplorer!

Last month, we launched OpenExplorer to a wider audience and asked what you'd explore with an OpenROV. We offered a few OpenROV kits as an incentive to get the first ideas out on the site. To be perfectly honest, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Well, we were completely blown away. There were so many great ideas and inspiring expeditions posted that we felt terrible about not being able to send ROVs out to…


Added by David Lang on October 9, 2014 at 12:45pm — 4 Comments

European dealers


I wonder if there's dealers in Europe that have the rov in stock.

Can anyone help?

Added by Ole Lindbjerg on October 8, 2014 at 12:19am — No Comments

Introducing: Community hacks on Dozuki

So, you built a robotic arm for your OpenROV, or added a depth sounder?

A rear facing camera? Why not show our community member on how to build one themselves!

Introducing: OpenROV Community Hacks on Dozuki:

Check it out here: …


Added by Dominik Fretz on October 7, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Node.js Under Water

The New York City Node JS Meetup asked me to speak about OpenROV. About 80 developers attended. The talk was scheduled for five minutes, but it ran for seventeen due to questions from the audience. OpenROV attracts interest! Slides & video: Node.js Under Water

Added by Ray Hightower on October 4, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

[ROV-AUV-Interest-Group] Ocean Book - A Great Encyclopedia Oceanic

Greetings enthusiasts,
I hope you are all well. I'd like to point you to…

Added by Jim N. on October 4, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

Come hang out with us

Hey everyone,

Dom and I have been testing out Glitter (, a persistent online chat application that is all the range in the github community these days.  We like it!  He and I are both committed…


Added by Brian A on October 2, 2014 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

Protect Ya ROV

ROV headquarters is littered with Pelican cases. Rather obscenely so. It seems that even if there were something perfectly capable of traveling in relative safety and comfort without any sort of hardcase, Eric would buy a hardcase for it just to be sure. As evidence of such I present to you the following picture of the all cases within arm's reach as I wrote this post.…


Added by Zack on September 26, 2014 at 3:11pm — 5 Comments

Marine Science & Technology Foundation

The Marine Science & Technology Foundation is now accepting Expressions of Interest. From their website:

The Marine Science & Technology Foundation (MSTF) supports oceanographic technology research and development projects that demonstrate strong alignment with the Vision and Mission of the Foundation.

Successful proposals will have promise to…


Added by David Lang on September 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Blue: $10k Grant for Ocean Technologies

There is a $10k grant being awarded to a project or technology around Ocean conservation. It's called The Blue, and more information can be found here:

Added by David Lang on September 23, 2014 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment


Researchers in Greece have created a neat octopus-style robot that they're calling, well... Octobot!

More on Science News:

Added by David Lang on September 23, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

*ANNOUNCEMENT* Official Changes to OpenROV 2.6

Hello all. There have been two official changes to the OpenROV 2.6 kits and assembled units that are purchased through our webstore. I'd like to take a second to explain what changes were made, why, and how you can also make these changes.

Affects OpenROV 2.6 serial numbers 1400 and…


Added by Zack on September 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

World Maker Faire in NYC this weekend!

It's that time of year! We'll have a pool and booth (as well as giving a few talks) at Maker Faire in NYC this weekend.

If you're in the area, please stop by and say hi! 

Tickets here: …


Added by David Lang on September 17, 2014 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

Mission Blue - Ocean Stewardship

Greetings enthusiasts,

I'd like to point your attention to Mission Blue and the new Mission Blue movie. Mission Blue was started by the renowned Dr. Sylvia Earle, and whatever your view…


Added by Jim N. on September 14, 2014 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Next Generation of OpenROVers

Members of Boy Scout Troop 534 took an OpenROV for a spin in Lake Michigan on Saturday morning. The weather was cold (in the 40s in September) but the OpenROV held its own in the choppy lake water. Details and photos.

Added by Ray Hightower on September 13, 2014 at 2:52pm — 4 Comments

Manage That OpenROV Tether, Or Else

Youthful exuberance drove me to pilot my OpenROV before I built a good tether management system. Bad idea! It’s better to have a tether management plan (any plan) before you pilot your OpenROV.

This article (Manage That OpenROV Tether or Else) describes a tether management system.

Added by Ray Hightower on September 9, 2014 at 9:12pm — 5 Comments

Come build robots with us?

Want to come build underwater robots with us? OpenROV is hiring for a part-time production assistant:

• 8 to 32 hours / week

• Starts immediately

• Flexible schedule

• Daily work will include assembly, testing, online documentation, tech-support

• Other work will include deployments, r&d, event work and offsite work

This is a great way to get onboard with an exciting start-up with some really great people making really

cool things.…


Added by David Lang on September 8, 2014 at 2:11pm — 3 Comments

The Art of Planning an Expedition

It's been awesome to watch all the new expeditions pop up on OpenExplorer. One of the important aspects of open sourcing the expedition process is that it shows how important planning and preparation can be. There are dozens of expeditions that are doing a great job with this - check them…


Added by David Lang on September 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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