Under ice diving TIGNES - 2100m


#1

http://youtu.be/Brk6_FWlSXo

A week of skiing on the alps with divers friends, and you end-up diving when it's - 16°C outside and 2°C underwater...

Before to put my head under the ice, I decided to send my OpenROV 2.5 to explore the area for it's dive #11.

I had few problems during the dive:

-My flight stick (Cyborg-X) that I use normaly to pilot the ROV was completely frozen and could not be used, I've then used the keyboard, but Controls are not as smooth as it's with the stick.

-After 10 minutes of piloting without gloves at -16°C, my fingers came frozen ! I had to stop the ROV dive to warm-up before my scuba-dive !

When I came up to surface, I had about 1 cm of water inside the tube, due to an air purge screw (installed instead of the syringe) that wasn't tight enought, but no dammage to the electronics.


#2

Great view of how well it works under the ice. The biggest problem that I have had so far is seeing the computer screen in bright light so you can navigate in low light conditions under water. I am thinking about making some kind of cover to slip over the laptop screen with a peep hole and hopefully this will block out the sunlight on the screen and make it much easier to navigate. I am not sure if you had the same issue or not.


#3

Hi David,

Yes I had a bit of trouble to see the screen but my laptop (samsung series 7 ULTRA) have a very goog HD screen and I was able to position my screen and have a good vision of the rov as I was not moving on a boat.