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About Remotely Operated Vehicles [ROVs]

A Nova Ray® ROV Comparison

Frost & Sullivan Study - Core ROV Requirements

Frost & Sullivan Study – Core ROV Requirements

The Nova Ray - Precision Control Under Operational Conditions

The Nova Ray – Precision Control Under Operational Conditions

Comparing ROVs By Type

Nova Ray Winged ROVs

Torpedo Shaped ROVs

Typical Box Shaped ROVs

Light Camera ROVs

Consumer Grade ROVs

Nova Ray Arcuate Winged ROV from Coral Partners
Torpedo Shaped ROVs or Towfish
Traditional Box Shaped ROVs
Light Commercial/Professional Class ROVs
Consumer Grade/Toy ROVs

Nova Ray Winged ROVs

Mission & Pricing:

  • Main Use: Multi-Mission
  • $100,000 and above

Maneuverability & Stability:

  • Highly Maneuverability
  • Can Rotate On Center Axis
  • High Speed Through Water Towed / Thrusters
  • High Current Stable 0-10+ kts(5)
  • Stable Controlled Tow & Free-Flying
  • Center-Line On-Axis Data Gathering
  • Anti-Crabbing
  • No Cork Screw Effect
  • No Pitch, Roll, Yaw
  • Fully Overcomes Cable Drag

Control:

  • Multiple Thrusters
  • Multiple Control Surfaces
  • Hydrodynamic Stabilization

Suitability:

  • Open Ocean Suitable
  • Calm to Rough Seas
  • Continuous Underwater Operation(1)

Versatility:

  • Very Versatile Platform: Tow or Free Flying
  • Most Sensor/Camera Options
  • Real-Time HD Data
  • Evidence Quality Data
  • Cloud Data Upload At Sea
  • Portable/Hand Deployment
  • Patented Proprietary Wing Design

Maintenance:

  • Easy Field Repair
  • Easy Field Upgrade
  • Adapts To New Tech

Risks:

  • Full Recovery Option
  • Collision Absorbing / Impact Resistant

Operation:

  • Easy Pilot Training
  • Highest ROI On Mission
  • 20 Year Operational Lifespan

Depth Range:

  • Surface to 300 Meters(2)
  • Models Available to 4,000 Meters
  • Stable At Surface: YES(4)

Construction:

  • Modular Design
  • Neutrally Buoyant By Design
  • Proprietary Poly Wings
  • Machined Aluminum Housing
  • Collision Resistant
  • Reconfigurable

Command & Control:

  • Multi-Screen Command Console Standard/Included

Torpedo Shaped ROVs

Mission & Pricing:

  • Main Use: Data Gathering
  • $50,000 to $3M

Maneuverability & Stability:

  • Limited Maneuverability
  • Slow Speed Through Water
  • Not Controlled Tow
  • Not High Current Stable <4kts
  • Limited Stability Data Gathering
  • Off-Axis Data Gathering
  • High Crabbing
  • Cork Screw Effect
  • Pitch, Roll, Yaw Problems

Suitability:

  • Tow Only
  • Open Ocean Suitable

Versatility:

  • Not Versatile Platform
  • Limited Sensor Options
  • Limited Upgrade Options
  • Crane/Winch Deployment
  • Typical Form Factor

Maintenance:

  • Difficult To Repair

Risks:

  • Recovery Options Limited or None

Operation:

  • Intermediate Pilot Training
  • Typical 5 Year Operational Lifespan

Depth Range:

  • Models Available to 4,000 Meters
  • Stable At Surface: NO

Construction:

  • Metal or Poly Housings
  • Not Collision Resistant

Typical Box Shaped ROVs

Mission & Pricing:

  • Main Use: Data Gathering & Video
  • $150,000 to $1,500,000

Maneuverability & Stability:

  • Limited Maneuverability
  • Slow Speed Through Water
  • Not High Current Stable <4kts
  • Not Controlled Tow
  • Off-Axis Data Gathering
  • High Crabbing
  • Cork Screw Effect
  • Pitch, Roll, Yaw Problems
  • Unstable Data Gathering

Suitability:

  • Open Ocean Suitable

Versatility:

  • Versatile Platform
  • Numerous Sensor Options
  • Upgrade Options
  • Crane/Winch Deployment

Maintenance:

  • Difficult To Repair

Risks:

  • Recovery Options Available
  • Not Collision Resistant

Operation:

  • Complex Pilot Training
  • Typical 8+ Year Operational Lifespan

Depth Range:

  • Models Available to 4,000+ Meters
  • Stable At Surface: NO

Construction:

  • Metal & Plastic Housing
  • Not Collision Resistant
  • Reconfigurable

Light Camera ROVs

Mission & Pricing:

  • Main Use: Drop Cam
  • $2,000 to $25,000

Maneuverability & Stability:

  • Limited Maneuverability
  • Slow Speed Through Water
  • Low Current Stability 2kts
  • Not Controlled Tow
  • Unstable Data Gathering
  • High Crabbing
  • Cork Screw Effect
  • Bad Pitch, Roll, Yaw Problems
  • Unstable Data Gathering

Suitability:

  • Not Open Ocean Suitable

Versatility:

  • Not Versatile Platform
  • Irregular Form Factors
  • Few or No Sensor/Camera Options
  • Little/No Upgrade Options
  • Portable/Hand Deployment

Maintenance:

  • No Field Repair

Risks:

  • Fragile – Not Suitable For Real Commercial or Industrial Use
  • Not Collision Resistant
  • No Recovery Options

Operation:

  • Easy Pilot Training
  • Typical 3 Year Operational Lifespan

Depth Range:

  • Typically Shallow Water(3) – Some Claim Deeper
  • Stable At Surface: NO

Construction:

  • Fragile Plastic Housing
  • Not Collision Resistant
  • Limited Reconfigurable

Command & Control:

  • Typically Video Game Like Controllers Included

Consumer Grade ROVs

Mission & Pricing:

  • Main Use: Consumer Video
  • $500 to $5,000

Maneuverability & Stability:

  • Limited Maneuverability
  • Slow Speed Through Water
  • No Current Stability <2kts
  • Not Controlled Tow
  • Off-Axis Data Gathering
  • High Crabbing
  • Cork Screw Effect
  • Bad Pitch, Roll, Yaw Problems
  • Unstable Data Gathering

Suitability:

  • Not Open Ocean Suitable

Versatility:

  • Not Versatile Platform
  • Few or No Sensor/Camera Options
  • No Upgrade Options
  • Portable/Hand Deployment

Maintenance:

  • No Field Repair
  • Irregular Form Factors

Risks:

  • No Recovery Options
  • Fragile – Not Suitable For Commercial or Industrial Use
  • Not Collision Resistant

Operation:

  • Easy Pilot Training
  • Typical 2 Year Operational Lifespan

Depth Range:

  • Typically Shallow Water(3) – <20 Meters Max.
  • Stable At Surface: NO

Construction:

  • Fragile Plastic Housing
  • Not Collision Resistant
  • Not Reconfigurable

Command & Control:

  • Video Game Like Controllers

Notes:

  1. Actually tested 1-year submerged in natural river conditions
  2. Each unit tested to exceed maximum depth
  3. Each unit not tested for maximum depth
  4. Vehicle can operate stable at surface
  5. Stable at rest to very high speed towed or in currents – faster speed creates more stability

The above was compiled by PerfectReputations® based upon available published data.

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