Remotely Operated Vehicle ROPOS

The ROPOS ROV being recovered from a dive. Image courtesy of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility.

The ROPOS ROV being recovered from a dive. Image courtesy of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility. Download larger version (jpg, 479 KB).

The Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS) is a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which is able to dive down to depths of 3.1 miles (5,000 meters). The vehicle is managed and operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility , a nationally registered not-for-profit corporation established in 1995 specifically to oversee the ROPOS system.

While ROPOS is used for a variety of different types of deployments, the ROV specializes in supporting science-based missions and carries a suite of “core” observation tools  to assist with these missions. These tools include a number of video and still cameras and robust lighting to capture the otherwise dark underwater environment; two manipulator arms that can be fitted with different tools for collecting biologic and geologic samples; a multibeam system for mapping the seafloor; and much more. In fact, for each mission, ROPOS can be outfitted with up to eight additional custom-designed observation tools.

ROPOS is an unmanned submersible, controlled from a surface vessel through an armored electrical-optical umbilical cable. This means that the ROV can spend as much time underwater as needed to accomplish a mission. To date, the longest dive recorded by ROPOS lasted over 99 hours!

ROPOS and its crew conduct missions all over the world and have explored in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans as well as the sub-Arctic and Antarctica.

 

Submersible Namesake

ROPOS is an acronym, standing for Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science.

ROPOS and the FSV Bigelow doing a practice deployment and retrieval while tied up at the dock at Naval Station Newport. Image courtesy of Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities.

ROPOS and NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow doing a practice deployment and retrieval while tied up at the dock at Naval Station Newport. Image courtesy of Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities. Download larger version (jpg, 3.1 MB).

ROPOS deploying a multi-instrumented platform.  Image courtesy of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility.

ROPOS deploying a multi-instrumented platform. Image courtesy of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility. Download larger version (jpg, 1.4 MB).

About the Submersible

TYPE
Remotely operated vehicle
LENGTH
10.0 feet (3.1 meters)
WIDTH
5.4 feet (1.6 meters)
HEIGHT
7.1 feet (2.2 meters)
WEIGHT
7,480 pounds (3,393 kilograms)
MAXIMUM OPERATING DEPTH
3.1 miles (5,000 meters)
ASCENT/DESCENT RATE
82 feet (25 meters)/minute
OPERATING SPEED
2.5 knots
OPERATING SINCE
2005 (second generation)

For More Information

Submersible Website

http://ropos.com/index.php/ropos-rov/meet-ropos 

Recent Mission Supported by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research