Greetings fellow enthusiasts!,
As many of you should have received, SoFar has discontinued the Trident. However, Mission Robotics, has created an open source ROV OS to substitute the current Trident functionality.
I’ve copied the letter here so that you may all have it in case you did not receive it in email. As for the hardware…don’t know what’s happening there. SoFar is selling off stock, as indicated in the message. But look like Mission Robotics and Blue Robotics are our contacts in the U.S.
It was a heck of a ride that started in 2012, let’s see what’s the next decade brings…
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We wanted to let you know that Sofar Ocean has decided to discontinue production and sale of the Trident Underwater Drone. This letter will cover what this means for you as a Trident owner in terms of support, an open source direction for the product, and what you can expect from Sofar going forward.
First, while we are discontinuing production, we are still offering technical and product support through June 31, 2021. We will make additional spare parts (like motors) available during that time, while our stock and supplies last. We are also deeply discounting all accessories for our customers and will have a limited number of discounted Tridents remaining for purchase until December 31, 2020.
The good news is that Mission Robotics (a team of former OpenROV engineers) has created an open source ROV OS that will substitute the current Trident functionality, but also create a platform for further extension in the future. If you would like more information on the Mission Robotics software upgrades, you can learn more about that here: https://missionrobotics.us/trident/
The initial goal for Trident was to democratize access to ocean exploration tools. As many of you have seen, the market for accessible ROV options exploded with competition after the Trident was announced. We are proud that the product inspired so much innovation in the industry and look forward to seeing where Mission Robotics and the community development process take it from here.
Sofar is dedicated to the mission of connecting the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet. We will continue to invest in and develop the Spotter and Smart Mooring sensor platforms, as well as growing our planetary network of buoys.
Sofar Ocean Team
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