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Calling deep sea explorers: Engineering interns and educators needed for ROV operations this summer!

The Ocean Exploration Trust is looking for a fresh team of engineering interns and science communication fellows for their upcoming season 2015. The Trust and their ship the E/V Nautilus will be mapping and exploring new portions of the seafloor this year all while broadcasting the entire operation live.  Led by legendary explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard,…


Added by Megan Cook on December 17, 2014 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Quick Dev Call Tomorrow?

Hey all!

We've previously done "Developers Calls" on Google Hangouts from time to time for people working on OpenROV (and other ROV projects) to keep in touch and share ideas.

It's been quite a while since our last one, but we'd like to get this going again.  To start out, we were planning to set up a small, "kick off Dev Call" tomorrow, Monday the 15th at 2pm PST to get re-oriented with hosting the call and to hear what people would like to…


Added by Eric Stackpole on December 14, 2014 at 11:39am — 4 Comments

My OpenROV week in review AKA Kids are AWESOME!

It was so awesome getting to meet kids from Summit Academy and introduce them to my OpenROV, and take them on an engaging underwater adventure to meet the Tox-Ick monster (a stormwater outfall) that lurks beneath the waters of Puget Sound and help me survey for Sea Stars! 

Added by DiverLaura on December 14, 2014 at 1:52am — No Comments

Just to begin

I suppose it is time for me to begin adding words to this blog, I recieved my open ROV just a few days ago, and although I am an electrical engineer by trade. I am delighted and suprised how much thought has actually gone into this product and how simple it is to build.

in three days I have moved from a beautiful (only an engineer could call a box of bits beautiful)to an almost completed poject.

I was sceptical at the claimes that this could be built in a weekend, however f you have… Continue

Added by Steve brown on December 13, 2014 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Work at OpenROV: Office Manager

We've got a number of jobs we're going to be hiring for over the next few months. Of course, I want to make sure that we offer them to people in the community first. First up:

Office Manager

We're looking for an exceptionally organized, natural self-starter. The Office Manager will support our growing company through a blend of operations, administration, and special projects. You will provide support to the company in…


Added by David Lang on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Search for the Steamer San Rafael

If you haven't seen this on OpenExplorer yet, Eric has been hard at work trying to track down information on the Steamer San Rafael, which sank near Alcatraz in the SF Bay. You can read more about the search for the wreck, and follow along if you'd like to join us on this expedition:…


Added by David Lang on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Latest software release candidate (RC6) now available

This is hopefully the code that we will go to general release in the next week or so.  For those that are completely risk adverse, go ahead and wait.  If you do want to help us make sure the release is ready for…


Added by Brian A on November 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

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…


Added by David Lang on November 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 9 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…


Added by Tullis C. Onstott on November 18, 2014 at 3:40am — 4 Comments

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: …


Added by David Lang on November 11, 2014 at 4:43pm — No Comments

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…


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

When Bad Things Happen to Good Robots

I wrote a long, opinionated piece about telerobotics and everything I've learned over the past few years working with Eric on OpenROV. Here's the crux of the argument:

telerobotics is ushering in an era of connected exploration, a new model for discovery…


Added by David Lang on October 27, 2014 at 11:43am — No Comments

Nanoseeker: compact underwater torpedo-style vehicle

Hackaday reported on the Nanoseeker:

The Nanoseeker is a compact underwater vehicle in a torpedo-like form factor.…


Added by David Lang on October 26, 2014 at 7:21pm — No Comments

OpenROV Workshop Olso in November

Heads up to our Scandi community members: OpenROV is having a workshop in Oslo in November hosted by MESH and conceived and organized by our truly wonderful OpenROV Ambassador, Christine.…


Added by Zack on October 23, 2014 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

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 — 3 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 — 3 Comments

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 — 3 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

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