The Evolution Of The Nova Ray®

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The Evolution Of The Nova Ray® Patented Winged ROV

A Historical Overview!

Over the years the inventors of the Nova Ray ROVS, Marc & Krist Geriene, brothers, have lived lives of experience under the oceans of the world, and have personally dived in most of them.

Marc Geriene and Krist Geriene were not only experienced commercial divers, but very experienced remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operators as well.

It was through this vast reservoir of personal hands (or maybe flippers) on experience that they recognized the poor ROVs (and AUVs) designs that still exist today. Before the Nova Ray, nothing could handle the kinds of currents, or deliver the necessary stability needed for today’s highest resolution senors. From that they conceptualized, prototyped, and developed numerous patented technologies essential for providing ROV stability and control, including both the Arcuate Wing and the innovative tether/cable attach mechanisms on the Nova Rays.

These were the motivating factors behind the past and current development of the Nova Ray family of extreme performance ROVs.

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Marc Geriene and the Nova Ray 305 Model on deck
Krist Geriene with the Nova Ray Marine Fliers 305 Model

A Timeline In The Creation & Development Of The Nova Ray

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Fascination With Flight

Marc Geriene becomes a licensed pilot at age 16

1970
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Commercial Divers

The Gerienes obtain first commercial diver certification. Krist Geriene from the University of Washington

1976
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Silver Shoals

Exploration & salvage - Spanish Galleon, Nuestra Senora de Concepcion was lost off the north coast of Hispaniola on a reef known as the Silver Shoals

1978
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Mel Fisher's Atocha Project

Participate in the recovery of the Spanish treasure ship Atocha

1978-1980
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Santa Margarita Wreck

Exploration of numerous wrecks on Hogsty Reef, Serrano Banks, Serania Bank, in the Caribbean, including the Santa Margarita

1979
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Dominica Portuguese Fleet Wrecks

Exploration & surveys of unnamed Portuguese Fleet wrecks off Dominica and elsewhere in the Caribbean

1980 - 1982
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Commercial Gold Recovery In Chile

Provided marine engineering services on the R/V James Bay while it sailed from Tampa Florida to Valdivia, Chile for a commercial gold recovery expedition

1982
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Commercial Diving Services

Commercial diving services for a mining company in Nolan, Alaska

1987
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Abaco Bahamas Wreck

Exploration of Abaco Bahamas Wreck

1990
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Nova Marine Exploration

Nova Marine Exploration established to provide commercial dive, survey, inspection, and exploration services

1992
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900 Year Old Chinese Wreck

Sung Dynasty merchant ship lost in the South China Sea - located & explored

1992-1995
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Lightbulb Moment

Started analysis of other ROVs looking for a portable ROV that would operate in high current and/or be control towed - "lightbulb moment" came when the Geriene Brothers realized there wasn’t a portable ROV that could operate under extreme conditions

1995
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Proof Of Concept

Built several prototypes for proof of concept, beginning with a UTV/ towed ROV

1995
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World’s 1st Winged ROV Concept

Created world’s first winged ROV concept

1995
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World’s 1st Arcuate Winged ROV Concept

The Gerienes created world’s first Arcuate Winged ROV concept

1995
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World’s 1st Winged ROV Prototype

Krist Geriene built the world’s first winged ROV prototype

1996
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World's 1st Arcuate Winged ROV Prototype

They built first Bow-Shaped (Arcuate) Winged ROV prototype

1996
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Basic Nova Ray Design

Decided on the basic design for the first Nova Ray ROV with dimensions and proportions still used today - built first functional (towable) prototype without thrusters

1997
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In Water Testing

First in-water testing of current wing design

1997
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Continuous Research In ROV Designs

The Gerienes continue to evolve the winged ROV concepts

1997-2000
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Operational Testing

Completed the first full operational Nova Ray ROV with thrusters, analog technology (like all other ROVs at the time)

1998
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Operational Prototypes Built

Built prototype Nova Ray ROVs for use by company itself in the field - for their own us

1999
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First Digital ROV

Nova Ray became the first digital ROV with Microsoft Windows command and control system with autopilot, wings level hold, heading hold and depth hold

1999
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1st Patents Filed

First Nova Ray & ROV Arcuate Wing patents filed

2000
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Nova Ray Prototype Innovation

Produced several additional Nova Ray prototypes, completing list of desired capabilities, including ease of maintenance in the field and the ability to travel on airlines as luggage

2000
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Patents Approved & Granted

First Patents Granted on the arcuate wing, applied for more patents

2001
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Nova Ray Inc.

Nova Ray business established

2002
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1st Real Field Nova Ray ROV

Completed the first “real field unit” Nova Ray ROVs, used in marine surveys, tested for rugged durability. More patents granted

2002
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First Production Nova Ray

First production version of the Nova Ray 305 model manufactured (then known as 3000/3500 models), sold and delivered to a customer

2003
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Nova Ray 305 Tested At Sea

First Production Generation Nova Ray 305 Model ROV Design Tested to meet 300Meter/1,000FT spec (actual test at 1,200ft - exceeded spec)

2003
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5th Nova Ray Manufactured

Company milestone: 5th Nova Ray 305 model manufactured

2004
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Nova Ray Dive Record

New record: Deepest dive of an arcuate winged Nova Ray 600 meters / Nova Ray 550 Model

2004
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Nova Ray Use By U.S. Navy

Nova Ray 305 Selected by University of South Carolina & U.S. Navy Research for Hunt fo Alligator (U.S. Navy's first submarine)

2004
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First Used For Oil & Gas Pipeline Inspection

First oil pipeline surveyed in the Gulf of Mexico using a Nova Ray 305 model arcuate winged towed ROV in record time (average 7 times faster than torpedo shaped ROV previously used)

2005
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BlueView Mounted On Nova Ray

BlueView 3D Sonar first used on observation class ROVs - used on Nova Ray

2005
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Hurricane Katrina Oil & Gas Inspections

Nova Ray ROVs used for pipeline inspections following Hurricane Katrina

2005
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U.S. Navy Reviewed Nova Ray

Company milestone: Nova Ray performs for U.S. Navy at HullFest with Partner BlueView

2006
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Saved 90% On Survey Time

Nova Ray 305 used by the inventors to locate several shipwrecks - reduced survey/location time by 90%

2006
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Petronas Oil Evaluated Nova Ray

Demonstrated Nova Ray for Petronas for technology license and acquisition purposes

2007
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Manila Philippines Offices

Company milestone: Established Manila Philippines offices

2007
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Petronas Oil Acquires Nova Ray

Multi-million dollar Nova Ray® technology license and Joint Venture with Petronas Malaysian Oil Company, the National Oil Company of Malaysia. Company – Nova Ray technology acquired by Petronas Oil Company

2007
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10th Nova Ray Manufactured

Company milestone: 10th Nova Ray 305 manufactured for customers

2009
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WWII Japanese Destroyer Uranami

WWII Japanese Destroyer Uranami & Other Wrecks explored in the Philippines - in the Sulu Sea using a Benthos MiniRover MarkII (3-6 knot current prohibited the completion of the survey due to ROV's poor design performance)

2009
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Nova Ray Deep Diver Models

Nova Ray 1500, 2500, 4000 Meter Deep Diver™ models developed

2009
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Dual Hull Option

Dual-Hull Option developed for Nova Ray Models 305 & 550

2009
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Petronas Nova Rays

Petronas owned Nova Ray technology for their exclusive use

2010-2014
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Coral Partners Survey & Inspection Business

Coral Partners operated 3 survey/inspection vessels that used Nova Rays as part of contract survey, inspection, and exploration services

2010
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Continuous Use Record

Set new record for continuous in-water use with Nova Ray 305 model ROVs: 2 for 90 days each, and 1 for 110 days

2010
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Nova Rays In Use Around The World

Inventors used Nova Rays in actual surveys, inspections, and exploration - accumulating thousands of operational hours

2011-2014
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Nova Ray Back To Coral Partners

Nova Ray product line & technology returned to Coral Partners ownership

2015
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New Nova Ray R&D

Nova Ray R&D renews focus on new models, new sensors and applications, over and above the $3.5 Million previously spent on Nova Ray research and development

2015
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Nova Ray AeroSub Concept

Nova Ray inventors Marc & Krist Geriene invent concept for first true Aerial Submersible the "AeroSub™"

2015
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Seattle Washington Headquarters

Established current Seattle, Washington R&D and manufacturing facility

2016
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Singapore

Establishes Singapore Offices

2016
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Team Expands

Tim McGuinness, Ph.D.: drone, roboticist & personal computer pioneer; co-founder of TigerDirect joins Coral Partners as Chief Marketing Officer - brings additional patentable concepts to company

2016
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New Missions & Applications

Developed new mission profiles for Nova Rays, including: port security & law enforcement, ecological/environment monitoring, and more

2016
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Nova Ray Returns To Market

Nova Ray re-enters market with 2017 versions of their Arcuate Winged ROV Models

2016
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New Customers & Partners

New licensing/technology transfer agreements signed

2017
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New Dealers & Distributors

New dealer/distributor network being developed

2017

The Future Of The Nova Ray Patented Winged ROV Continues …