Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

An ROV is a tethered underwater robot


This highly manoeuvrable vehicle can be operated by a person on a vessel at the surface linked by an umbilical cable carrying electrical power, video and data signals.

The Falcon DR ROV System is a state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle, equipped with HD video camera and various manipulator arms. There are two 14mm OD umbilical cables, a 330m (terminated onto a hand winch) and a 1,100 metres cable (not on a winch or terminated at present). The whole system is rated to 1000m and is a highly customised research ROV used for oceanographic research, biological research and is also suitable for use in filming.

The ROV is an upgraded, custom made version of the Saab Seaeye Falcon and is equipped with:

  • TRITECH obstacle avoidance sonar
  • 4 LED lights
  • SEAEYE colour video camera
  • HDTV Camera mounted on skid
  • Skid Mounted Five Function Hydraulic Manipulator System
  • Valeport Modus CTD sensor
  • Link Quest USBL system.