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
|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|