I am very excited for the Trident ROV that you are about to release, and I am going to be ordering one this week I do, however, want to ask a few questions that this community may be able to help me with. My dive buddies and I wish to use the ROV to assist us in exploring areas offshore the South Florida area. We are avid technical divers trained by the Global Underwater Explorers and believe it or not, very little true exploration is currently done in the areas that we frequent. Most divers, technical divers included, dive the same thing time after time and do not engage in real exploration in the ocean. We are bored with the same old dive sites and wish to shift our efforts into actual exploration. We have a boat with 3d sonar that we will use to scout for interesting bottom features, once we identify spots of interest we wish to deploy your ROV to see it before we dive it to see if it’s worth diving. This will allow us to cover way more ground than simply diving it outright. As an example, if we dive a 200 foot dive our bottom time would be limited to about 20 minutes, with upwards of 60 minutes of decompression to follow. Not only is this time consuming, but it also costs close to $200 per diver to do this type of exploration in the 200 foot range. Needless to say, we are excited for the ROV My questions are as follows:
Do you have a tether that is neutrally buoyant in salt water or if not, how does the ROV with the tether handle in salt water?
What is the best controller to use to control the ROV and what software would you run to do so? I assume a laptop is best to interface it with, but what are your suggestions? I have an iPad as well as a MacBook Pro and we are looking for the most precise control possible of the ROV.
Have you had a chance to test this in a high current area? I see videos where the ROV does great in near static current conditions, but we will be deploying it in areas that sometime have rather swift currents.
Looking forward to your responses and to receiving the ROV of course