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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  • Live 1080p HD video
  • 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 1.5-3 hours to operation depending on experience.

You can find the full bill of materials for the for the BlueROV2 kit on the store page.

What’s Not Included

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




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 244 meters  
Ballast Weight 6 x 200 g coated lead weights  
Battery Connector XT90  


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 (45°) 9 kgf 19.8 lbf
Vertical Bollard Thrust 7 kgf 15.4 lbf
Lateral Bollard Thrust (45°) 9 kgf 19.8 lbf


Battery Life (Normal Use) ~3 hours w/ 18AH Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (Light Use) ~5 hours w/ 18AH Lithium-ion Battery

The batteries can be changed in about 30 seconds.


Brightness 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  


Camera Tilt

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


Field of View (Underwater) 110 degrees (horizontal)
Light Sensitivity 0.01 lux
Resolution 1080p

Control System

Tether Interface Board Fathom-X Tether Interface Board
Control System M Robotics PixHawk

2D Drawing

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.