The Kickstarter backers weren't the only ones waiting for a delivery before the holidays. On the icy tundra of Antarctica, Eric was eagerly anticipating the arrival of a few key parts so he could test the OpenROV under the ice. Well, he got the package in time.
Even though he got the parts, I still wasn't sure if he would find the time to run the tests. The last I had heard from him, he was busy piloting larger ROVs or tagging orca whales with homing devices. Taking advantage of every second of safe conditions on the edge of the ice shelf.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, I get this email from him yesterday:
So I've got to run to catch our helo flight for today, but a window of opportunity came up on Wednesday which I took. I haven't had the time to work out all the bugs- get software fixes figured out, install an on-screen video recorder for my laptop, secure props to motor shafts, etc, but I got in the water and moved around a bit. End result- everything seems to work aside from occasional loss of connection or video feed (which is solvable) and I lost one of the props (which I'll see if I can replace before I get home). Under-ice images were taken from SCINI which was on it's way up from a deep dive.