BlueROV2



Introduction

The BlueROV2 is the world’s most affordable high-performance ROV. The 6-thruster vectored configuration, coupled with strong static stability, provides a vehicle that is smooth and stable, yet highly maneuverable. The BlueROV2 provides the capabilities of a high-end commercial mini-ROV at the price of the most basic commercial ROVs.

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Features

  • Live Ultra-low Latency Video (with Standard Electronics Package)
  • Live 1080p HD Video (with Advanced Electronics Package, 200 ms latency)
  • Highly Maneuverable Vectored Thruster Configuration
  • Stable and Optimized for Inspection- and Research-class Missions
  • Easy to Use, Cross-platform User Interface
  • Highly Expandable with Three Free Cable Penetrators
  • Standard 100m Depth Rating and Up to 300m Tether Available
  • 6 T200 Thrusters and Basic ESCs for the Best Thrust-to-Weight Ratio in its Class
  • Battery powered With Quick-Swappable Batteries for Long Missions

What’s Included

The kit arrives almost-ready-to-dive with pre-built subassemblies. The expected build time is 4-8 hours to operation depending on experience.

Here is the Bill of Material for the each BlueROV2 kit.

The Standard and Advanced options have a couple of differences shown here

What’s Not Included

There are some items necessary for operation that are not included with the kit.

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Specifications

Physical

Length 457 mm 18 in
Width 338 mm 13.3 in
Height 254 mm 10 in
Weight in Air (with Ballast) 10-11 kg 22-24 lb
Weight in Air (without Ballast) 9-10 kg 20-22 lb
Net Buoyancy (with Ballast) 0.2 kg 0.5 lb
Net Buoyancy (without Ballast) 1.4 kg 3 lb
Watertight Enclosure Inner Diameter 102 mm 4.0 in
Watertight Enclosure Inner Length 298 mm 11.75 in
Cable Penetrator Holes 14 x 10mm 14 x 0.4 in
Construction HDPE frame, aluminum flanges/end cap, and acrylic tubes  
Main Tube (Electronics Enclosure) Blue Robotics 4 inch series w/ aluminum end caps  
Battery Tube Blue Robotics 3 inch series w/ aluminum end caps  
Buoyancy Foam R-3318 Urethane Foam rated to 210 meters  
Ballast Weight 6 x 200 g coated lead weights  
Battery Connector XT90  

Performance

Maximum Rated Depth 100 m 330 ft
Maximum Tested Depth (so far) 130 m 425 ft
Maximum Forward Speed 1 m/s 2 knots
Thrusters Blue Robotics T200  
ESC Blue Robotics Basic 30A ESC  
Thruster Configuration 6 thrusters  
  - 4 Vectored  
  - 2 Vertical  
Forward Bollard Thrust 14 kgf 30 lbf
Vertical Bollard Thrust 9 kgf 20 lbf
Lateral Bollard Thrust 14 kgf 30 lbf

Battery

Battery Life (Normal Use) ~1 hour w/ 10Ah battery ($60 each)
Battery Life (Light Use) ~4 hours w/ 10Ah battery ($60 each)

The batteries can be changed in about 30 seconds.

Lights

Brightness 2 x 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 twisted pairs, 26 AWG  

Sensors

Camera Tilt

Tilt Range +/- 90 degree camera tilt (180 total range)
Tilt Servo Hitec HS-5055MG

Standard and Advanced Comparison

  Standard Camera Advanced Camera
Field of View (Underwater) 110 degrees (horizontal) TBD
Light Sensitivity 0.0003 lux TBD
Resolution 700 TVL 1080p
  Standard Control System Advanced Control System
Tether Board Fathom-S Tether Interface Board Fathom-X Tether Interface Board
Control System Autopilot Controller such as the 3DR PixHawk Autopilot Controller such as the 3DR PixHawk
    Computer such as the Raspberry Pi 3
  Standard Required Topside Advanced Required Topside
  Laptop or Tablet Laptop or Tablet
  Gamepad Controller such as Xbox or Logitech Gamepad Controller such as Xbox or Logitech
  Analog video screen with RCA Input  

3D Model

These are BIG files since the model is fairly complex. If you just want to check out a 3D view or 3D models of the BlueROV, we recommend checking out the CAD files on GrabCAD.

User Manuals

  1. Please look at our Assembly Manual for more detailed assembly instructions.

  2. If you received your BlueROV2 after October 24, 2016, please look at our Software Setup Manual for more details on setting up your topside computer. If you received your BlueROV2 prior to October 24, 2016 please look at our ArduSub Documentation for more details on the control software.

  3. Please look at our BlueROV2 Operating Manual for a detailed operating manual.

Issue Reporting

We’re always trying to make our documentation, instructions, software, and user experience better. If you’re having an issue with anything, please report it so that we can address it as soon as possible! Here’s where to do that depending on what’s wrong:

  • ArduSub Issues: For anything related to the ArduSub software that runs on the Pixhawk and controls the ROV, reports issues on the ArduSub Github Issues Page. If you’re unsure where your issue should be posted, you can report it here.
  • QGroundControl Issues: For anything related to the QGroundControl software, joystick setup, video streaming, etc., please report an issue on the QGroundControl Github Issues Page.
  • Documentation: For anything related to the documentation and instructions here, please report an issue on the Blue Robotics Documentation Github Issues Page.