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BlueROV2

BlueRobotics - BlueROV2
Remotely Operated Vehicle

BlueROV2

Invocean are proud to offer the BlueROV2 as part of the Invovean ROV range. The Blue Robotics BlueROV2 is the world’s most affordable high-performance ROV. With a 6-thruster vectored configuration, open-source electronics and software, and plenty of expandability, it’s the perfect ROV for inspections, research, and adventuring. Whilst being light enough not to require a launch and recovery system.
 

The BlueROV2 is the world’s most affordable high-performance underwater ROV. With six- and eight-thruster configurations, a number of available accessories, and open-source software, it has an unprecedented level of performance, flexibility, and expandability. With several thousand units out in the field, the BlueROV2 is one of the most popular remotely operated vehicles on the market, for use in science, recreational, hobby, education and ROV inspection.

The BlueROV2 comes partially assembled and requires 6-8 hours of user assembly to complete. During the assembly process, you learn how all of the components of the system work and fit together and it leaves you with the knowledge needed to make upgrades and improvements in the future!

The BlueROV2 comes assembled and tested or in a separate component kit form requiring you to complete the assembly and testing of the BlueROV2. We can advise you upon enquiry for the BlueROV2 configuration and requirements.

Live HD Camera and Lighting

At the front of the ROV is a high definition (1080p, 30fps) wide-angle low-light camera optimized for use on the ROV. It’s mounted to a tilt mechanism so that the pilot can control the camera tilt to look up or down, even when the ROV is level.

The ROV can be configured with two or four dimmable Lumen Lights, providing up to 6,000 lumens to illuminate the ocean depths.

Vectored Thruster Configuration and the Heavy Configuration

The ROV uses the patented T200 Thrusters in a vectored configuration, providing a high thrust-to-weight ratio and the ability to move precisely in any direction. The ROV comes with six thrusters but is expandable to eight thrusters with the Heavy Configuration Retrofit Kit, providing full six-degree-of-freedom control and feedback stability.

Adjustable gain levels allow the pilot to have precision control at extremely low speeds as well as high power to overcome currents and carry heavy loads.

Depth Rating up to 300 meters

The BlueROV2 can be configured with either acrylic plastic or anodized aluminum enclosures. The acrylic enclosures are rated to a depth of 100 meters 100 meters (330 ft) and the aluminum enclosures are rated to a depth of 300 meters (985 ft). The ROV is constructed from high-quality, well-proven components like our Locking Watertight Enclosures and WetLink Penetrator and it comes with a vacuum test pump to verify a proper seal before each dive.

Modular Frame Design and Expandability

Designed like a work class or research class ROV, the BlueROV2 has an open frame that carries the electronics and battery enclosures, thrusters, buoyancy foam, and ballast weights. This simple design is robust and expandable, making it easy to attach accessories such as an ROV gripper or scanning sonar. We have a payload skid available that extends the frame further and allows you to attach much larger payloads. We’ve seen people use this for scientific instruments, pressure washer attachments, additional battery enclosures, and more.

The BlueROV2 is designed to be expanded and modified and many of our users have made significant modifications to suit their particular applications. Replacing the standard frame with a custom frame, you can create just about any underwater robot you can imagine!

Powered by the Navigator and BlueOS

The BlueROV2 is controlled by the Navigator Flight Controller and BlueOS. The Navigator is a purpose-built controller for ROVs and other robotic applications that has onboard sensors including an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and magnetometer to measure orientation and compass heading and a leak sensor to alert you of any water ingress. It has 16 outputs that can be connected to thrusters, lights, grippers, and other accessories as well as a number of serial and I2C communication ports to communicate with sensors and sonars. It has plenty of room for expandability!

The Navigator is coupled with a Raspberry Pi 4 computer, which handles all of the processing and computing requirements within the ROV. It runs our open-source BlueOS software that provides the tools and features necessary to operate and expand the vehicle. BlueOS runs the ArduSub vehicle control software, manages the camera and tether connection, and makes it easy to update the software to add new features. BlueOS is a growing project and will continue to provide new features to all BlueROV2s.

 

At the surface, the pilot controls the ROV through a laptop computer and gamepad controller. The open-source QGroundControl application acts as the user interface, providing the live video stream, sensor feedback and information, and the ability to change settings and configuration.

BlueROV2 Underwater

Getting Started with the BlueROV2 

The BlueROV2 is designed for both entry-level and advanced ROV users. It comes with everything you need to get in the water except for a few components:

  • Laptop – We recommend a medium to high-end model with Windows 10, Mac, or Linux operating systems. There are also some compatible tablets including the Windows Surface tablets. iOS and Android are not officially supported at this time.

  • Gamepad Controller – We recommend the Xbox Wireless Controller or the Logitech F310 controllers.

  • Battery – We recommend our 14.8v, 15.6Ah lithium-ion battery for the best battery life, but we can’t ship it to all locations! There are a number of other compatible batteries that can be used as well. We’d recommend getting a few for extended operation.

  • Battery Charger – We have a recommended charger as well, but any lithium-ion battery charger that can handle your battery will work!

Ping360-BlueROV2

Available Options, Add-ons, and Accessories

First of all, there are a few configurable options that you’ll have to choose:

  • The Fathom Tether length can be selected from 25 meters all the way up to 300 meters. The length you choose depends on how deep and how far you want to go. For lengths over 50 meters, we’d recommend the Fathom Spool to make it easier to manage.

  • The lights are available in 2-light and 4-light configurations. If you plan to do a lot of work in poor lighting conditions or at night, we recommend the 4-light configuration.

Once you’ve got a solid grip on the basics, there are countless ways to expand your BlueROV2! We have a few core accessories:

Technical Details

Specifications

Length:                                                                                                                                     457 mm     18 in

Width:                                                                                                                                      338 mm     13.3 in

Height:                                                                                                                                     254 mm     10 in

Weight in Air (with Ballast and Battery):                                                                               11-12 kg     24-27 lb

Weight in Air (without Ballast or battery):                                                                             9-10 kg       20-22 lb

Cable Penetrator Holes:                                                                                                        18 total, 6 available for expansion

Wetted Materials:                                                                                                                   6061-T6, 7075-T6 Anodized aluminum
                                                                                                                                                 316, 18-8 Stainless steel
                                                                                                                                                 HDPE
                                                                                                                                                 Polycarbonate plastic
                                                                                                                                                 Nylon
                                                                                                                                                 Acrylic
                                                                                                                                                 PTFE
                                                                                                                                                 Plastic
                                                                                                                                                 FKM
                                                                                             
                                                   Buna-N
                                                                                                                                                 R-3318 polyurethane foam
                                                                                                                                                 Polyurethane foam
                                                                                                                                                 Polyurethane
                                                                                                                                                 Epoxy
                                                                                                                                                 Molykote 111 compound

Electronics Enclosure:                                                                                                            Blue Robotics 4" series WTE

Battery Enclosure:                                                                                                                  Blue Robotics 3" series WTE

Buoyancy Foam:                                                                                                                     R-3318 polyurethane foam

Ballast Weight:                                                                                                                       9 x 200 g stainless steel weights

Performance

Maximum Rated Depth:                                                                                                        100 msw & 300 msw option
Temperature Range:                                                                                                               0-30°C32-86°F

Payload Capacity:                                                                                                                   (configuration dependent) 1.4 kg

Maximum Forward Speed:                                                                                                    1.5 m/s3 knots

Forward Bollard Thrust (45°):                                                                                                 9 kgf     19.8 lbf

Vertical Bollard Thrust:                                                                                                           7 kgf      15.4 lbf

Lateral Bollard Thrust (45°):                                                                                                    9 kgf      19.8 lbf

Thrusters:                                                                                                                                 Blue Robotics T200

ESC:                                                                                                                                          Blue Robotics Basic 30A ESC

Thruster Configuration:                                                                                                           6 thrusters (4 vectored, 2 vertical)

Battery

Battery Life:                                                                                                                              (with 15.6Ah battery)~2 - 4 hours
                                                                                                                                                  Batteries can be changed in 30 seconds

Battery Connector:                                                                                                                  XT90

Lights

Brightness:1500 lumens each with dimming control

Light Beam Angle:135 degrees, with adjustable tilt

Tether

Diameter:                                                                                                                                 7.6 mm        0.30 in

Length:                                                                                                                                     25-300 m     80-980 ft

Working Strength:                                                                                                                   45 kgf          100 lbf

Breaking Strength:                                                                                                                  160 kgf        350 lbf

Strength Member:                                                                                                                   Kevlar with waterblock

Buoyancy in Freshwater:                                                                                                         Neutral

Buoyancy in Saltwater:                                                                                                            Slightly positive

Conductors:                                                                                                                              4 or 1 twisted pairs, 26 AWG

Sensors

IMU:                                                                                                                                          6-DOF IMU (on Navigator)

Compass:                                                                                                                                 Dual 3-DOF magnetometers

Internal pressure:                                                                                                                     Internal barometer (on Navigator)

Pressure/Depth and Temperature Sensor:                                                                            (external)Blue Robotics Bar30

Current and Voltage Sensing:                                                                                                 Blue Robotics Power Sense Module

Leak Sensor:                                                                                                                             Integrated leak sensor (on Navigator)

Camera Tilt

Tilt Range:                                                                                                                                +/- 90 degree camera tilt (180 total range)

Tilt Servo:                                                                                                                                  Hitec HS-5055MG

Camera

Camera Model:                                                                                                                        Low-Light HD USB Camera

Resolution:                                                                                                                               1080p

Field of View:                                                                                                                            (Underwater)110 degrees (horizontal)

Light Sensitivity:                                                                                                                        0.01 lux

Control System

Tether Interface Board:                                                                                                            Fathom-X Tether Interface Board

Autopilot:                                                                                                                                  Blue Robotics Navigator

Control Software:                                                                                                                     ArduSub + BlueOS

System Requirements

Operating System

Windows:                                                                                                                                   Windows 10 64bit or later

Mac:                                                                                                                                           OS10.20 or later

Ubuntu:                                                                                                                                      Latest LTS (20.04) or later

Recommended Hardware¹

Processor:                                                                                                                                  i5 processor equivalent or better

Discrete Nvidia or AMD graphics card²

RAM:                                                                                                                                          8GB

Storage:                                                                                                                                     Solid-state drive (SSD)

¹ Ground control station software performance will depend on the system environment, 3rd party applications, and available system resources. More capable hardware will provide a better experience.
² Integrated graphics are suitable in most cases, a discrete graphics card is recommended for best experience.

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