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.
- 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
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 Materials for the 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.
- Analog screen for the Standard BlueROV2. We recommend this one.
- A gamepad controller. We recommend this XBox360 Controller or this Logitech Gamepad.
- A laptop or a Windows tablet. QGroundControl works on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
- A battery for the BlueROV2. We recommend getting our 18AH Lithium-ion Battery or 2 or 3 of these
- A battery charger, we use and recommend this one.
|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|
|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 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.
|Brightness||2 x 1500 lumens each with dimming control|
|Light Beam Angle||135 degrees, with adjustable tilt|
|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|
- 3-DOF Gyroscope (on the PixHawk)
- 3-DOF Accelerometer (on the PixHawk)
- 3-DOF Magnetometer (on the PixHawk)
- Internal barometer (on the PixHawk)
- Blue Robotics Bar 30 Pressure/Depth and Temperature Sensor (external)
- Current and Voltage Sensing (included with the PixHawk)
|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|
|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 Windows Tablet||Laptop or Windows Tablet|
|Gamepad Controller such as Xbox or Logitech||Gamepad Controller such as Xbox or Logitech|
|Analog video screen with RCA Input|
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.
Please look at our Assembly Manual for more detailed assembly instructions.
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.
Please look at our BlueROV2 Operating Manual for a detailed operating manual.
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.