4500 m Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV SuBastian)

Our underwater robotic research program includes the design and development of a 4500 m robotic vehicles with research capabilities for use on research vessel Falkor. The ROV is outfitted with a suite of sensors and scientific equipment to support scientific data and sample collection, as well as interactive research, experimentation, and technology development.

Vehicle operations and performance requirements will be determined based on the input from oceanographic experts in research and technology development. The ROV shall employ proven technologies and operational modes, and will be able to conduct:

  • deployment and recovery of equipment
  • photomosaicing,
  • physical sample collection and recovery
  • reconnaissance operations
  • seafloor mapping
  • seawater characterization including chemical and thermal data collection
  • telepresence operations/ virtual participation
  • visually immersive remote operations with ultra-high definition (UHD) pan-zoom-tilt (PZT) camera for scientific video acquisition
Core Software System
  • Greensea OPENSEA operating platform
Core System Sensors
  • CTD Sensor – Seabird FastCAT CTD Sensor (SBE49)
  • Pressure Depth Sensor – Paroscientific 8000 Series Submersible Depth Sensor
  • Oxygen Sensor – Contros Hydroflash O2 Sensor
Add-On System Sensors
  • Turbidity Sensor – Sea-Point Turbidity Meter (STM/MCBH6M)
  • Carbon Dioxide Sensor – Contros HydroC CO2
  • Nitrate Sensor – Seabird DeepSUNA
  • In-situ Mass Spectrometer – Sea Monitor
  • High Temperature Water Sensor – TBD
  • Biomolecular Analyzer – TBD
  • Redox Potential Sensor – TBD
  • Fluorometer – TBD
Core Imaging Suite
  • Situational Video – Insite Pacific Mini Zeus HD, 1080i CMOS
  • HD Science Zoom – Insite Zeus Plus or SULIS 4K 12x Zoom
  • HD Camera – HD Multi SeaCam 6150
  • Pan / Tilt / Zoom – Schilling
  • High Resolution Still Image Capture – SulisFull Spectrum LED Lighting – DeepSea Power & Light, Inc. SLS-6150
  • Video recording system – Triton Technical
  • Frame Grabber – Greensea Systems
Add-On Imaging Suite
  • 3DHD – TBD
  • Audio Recording Capability – TBD
Core Sampling System
  • Water Sampler – Optimized Niskin Design
Add-On Sampling System
  • Multi-Chamber Suction Sampler – SOI Custom Build
  • Push Core – SOI Custom Build
  • Rock Saw / Cutter / Splitter / Core – TBD
  • Multichamber Insulated Bioboxes (for fragile animals) – TBD
Core Sonar System
  • Sidescan Sonar – TBD
  • Magnetometer – TBD
  • Sub-Bottom Profiler – TBD
  • Photographic Seafloor 3d/2d Mosaicing – TBD
Core Vehicle Interfaces
  • RS-232 ports up to 115 Kbps – Core Interface
  • RS-485/RS-422 ports up to 2.5 Mbps
  • Ethernet 10/100 Mbps
  • Time-to-live (TTL) link
  • 3 optical fibers for high speed data transfer
  • Power 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 24 VDC, and 230 VAC
  • At least four (4) hydraulic rate valve pack channels
  • At least two (2) hydraulic servo valve pack channels
Vehicle Control System Software
  • Greensea Balefire Vehicle Positioning/Autopilots
  • Greensea Balefire Automated Positioning
  • Greensea Balefire Sonar Positioning
Core Navigation Systems
  • Ring Laser Gyro – Sonardyne Lodestar
  • Inertial Measurement Unit / Inertial Navigation System (IMU/INS) – Sonardyne Sprint
  • Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) Transponder – Sonardyne WMT
  • Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) – Sonardyne Syrinx
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna – Iridium XEOS
Operator Interface
  • Greensea Workspace Mission View
  • Greensea Workspace Integrated Video View
  • Greensea Workspace Integrated Sonar View with Target Tracking
Add-On Navigation Systems
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) – TBD
  • Core Navigation Systems
  • Ring Laser Gyro – Sonardyne Lodestar
  • Inertial Measurement Unit / Inertial Navigation System (IMU/INS) – Sonardyne Sprint
  • Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) Transponder – Sonardyne WMT
  • Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) – Sonardyne Syrinx
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna – Iridium XEOS ‘
  • Add-On Navigation Systems
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) – TBD
ROV Control & Telemetry Hardware
  • Greensea Custom Design and Build

RELATED NEWS

MEDIA and Articles

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
Santa Cruz Sentinel • April 27nd, 2016

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
Monterey Herald • April 27nd, 2016

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
The Mercury News • April 30th, 2016

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
The Daily Democrat • April 30th, 2016

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
Times-Herald News • April 30th, 2016

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
The Reporter News • April 30th, 2016

New ROV will be available to ocean scientists worldwide
The East Bay Times • April 30th, 2016

New ROV tests the waters at MBARI
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute • May 2nd, 2016

Research ship to test unmanned underwater vehicle
Guam Daily Post • July 6th, 2016

Research vessel Falkor docked on Guam
KUAM news • July 12th, 2016

MTR 100
Marine Technology Reporter • July 2016

SuBastian Will Become the Hubble of the Deep
Inverse • August 3rd, 2016

Making Waves in Marine Science
R&R Pacific Magazine • August/Sept 2016

Schmidt Selects Sonardyne Navigation for SuBastian
Marine Technology News • August 23rd, 2016

SuBastian Tests the World Under the Sea
Product Design and Development • August 23rd, 2016

Deep-sea research vessel returning to shore
KUAM News • August 23rd, 2016

New ROV SuBastian Tested in Guam
Hydro International • August 23rd, 2016

Schmidt Tests its New ROV in Guam
Marine Technology News • August 23rd, 2016

New Submersible ROV from Schmidt Ocean Institute
The Conversation: Hawaii Public Radio • August 23rd, 2016

Deepwater ROV Ready for Scientific Discovery
Maritime Executive • August 24rd, 2016

Schmidt Ocean Institute Tests New ROV
Unmanned Systems Technology • August 29rd, 2016

Schmidt Ocean Institute – Oceans 2016
Marine Technology Reporter • September 2016

This Robot Could Make Exploring Oceans Deeper, Faster, and Cheaper
National Geographic • September 9th, 2016

New Docking Head for Schmidt’s ROV SuBastian
Marine Technology News • October 17th, 2016

4500 m ROV Video Gallery and Live Dives

Stay tuned for dives broadcasted live from R/V Falkor and watch videos from previous dives.