2013 ROV Shakedown

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Shakedown: ROV Video

Dave Lovalvo, project manager for NOAA OER’s Deep Submergence Group gives a tour of the new 6000m rated ROV system his team has built and will be testing during the 2013 field season.

This video was created by Tara Smithee, a young oceanographer and videographer from the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. Tara’s work is one of the many testaments to the commitment that NOAA OER has and continues to make to train young engineers, scientists and filmmakers in the business of supporting Ocean Exploration.

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Dave Lovalvo, project manager for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s Deep Submergence Group gives a tour of the new 6,000-meter-rated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system his team has built and will be testing during the 2013 field season. The vehicle will be operated from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, America's only U.S. government ship that is dedicated to the sole purpose of exploring the world’s oceans.

The vehicle weighs in at 9,200 pounds, has an overall length of 10.5 feet, and stands an impressive 8.5 feet tall. It carries a minimum of six underwater video cameras, two of which are high-definition; a large array of the newest LED lighting technology; and an available sensor payload of over 400 pounds. Two seven-function hydraulic manipulators, a hydraulically actuated sensor platform, full color sector scan sonar, and a fully integrated inertial navigation system are all standard capabilities of the new system.

Please join us this summer to watch the vehicle in action LIVE.

“About the Video”: This video was created by Tara Smithee, a young oceanographer and videographer from the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. Tara’s work is one of the many testaments to the commitment that the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has made and continues to make to train young engineers, scientists, and filmmakers in the business of supporting ocean exploration.