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Deep Drone 8000 - Remotely Operated Vehicle

Deep Drone is a 4,100 pound Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is designed to meet the Navy's mid-water salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 8,000 feet seawater.

The system consists of the vehicle, umbilical cable, motion-compensated handling system, deck hydraulic power unit, generator, operations van and maintenance van. Navigation is accomplished with an ultra-short baseline acoustic tracking system. Two handling systems are available, Sea Horse I for shallow operations (6,000 feet) and Sea Horse II for deeper operations (8,000 feet).
The operator can control the ROV in all six degrees of motion with auto-control functions for depth, altitude, and heading. The vehicle is equipped with CTFM (continuous transmission frequency modulation) sonar that can detect acoustic pingers and identify small targets to a distance of 2,000 feet. Deep Drone uses both electric and hydraulic thrusters for propulsion. It has two seven-function manipulators capable of working with tools and attaching rigging. For photographic documentation, the vehicle has a digital still camera with a strobe, and both black and white and color television cameras.

For special operations, the ROV can accommodate custom, skid-mounted tool packages. These packages could include, but are not limited to, trenchers, specialized salvage tools, and instrument packages or other mission-oriented equipment. The system is air transportable and can operate from any capable platform of opportunity.
Point Of Contact
Naval Sea Systems Command
Office of Corporate Communication (SEA 00D)
Washington, D.C. 20376
(202) 781- 4123
General Characteristics
Length: 9 feet, 3 inches
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
Beam: 4 feet, 7 inches
Displacement: 4,100 pounds
Speed: 3 knots (5 knots optional)
Depth: 8,000 feet of seawater
Load: Lift Capacity - 3,200 pounds (via vehicle), Payload - 300 pounds
Electronics: Auto Controls - Depth, altitude, heading
Last Update: 9 May 2019