Will it work in a big river?


#1

Has anyone ever tried using it in a huge river? At depths up to 70 meters? Is the motor strong enough to hold its position with a fast current flowing against it and keep it from getting washed downstream?

I'm hoping to do some research on fish in deep pools of a large river and this sounds like an exciting tool. Appreciate any feedback people can share!

Thanks!


#2

Hey Harmony,

Unfortunately, the ROV is pretty small and doesn't handle strong current very well. It might be possible to attach a line to the forward crossbar of the ROV and let it be sort of dragged through the water like a water skier, but we haven't done any experimentation with this yet.

It sounds like you're doing some pretty interesting stuff!

Eric


#3

Have you done any work on modifying an OpenROV to cope with stronger currents? I’m prepping one to potentially do some work in the Northern GBR helping a phD student and we’ve encountered a similar issue of needing to deploy in higher current areas


#4

There have been a few people that have built their own open frame ROV’s with upgraded thrusters based on the OpenROV hardware. These would perform better in stronger current’s.