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The Most Maneuverable ROV: SRV-8 Underwater Drone

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Design Features

8 Dynamic Vectored Thrusters

LED Lights (1,500 Lumens each)

Battery Modules (2)

Ruggedized Frame

Frame Rails for Mounting Accessories

Navigation System Connection Port

Ruggedized Floatation

Dual Mode Camera (HD/Analog)

Tether Support Ring and Strain Relief

Robotic 3-Jaw Grabber

Ventral Connectors

SRV-8 ROV Complete System

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SRV-8 ROV Complete System


Operating in complex environments presents challenges, the SRV-8 makes it easy. With RJE’s exclusive 8 thruster DVC (dynamic vector control) and advanced programming, the SRV-8 is easily manipulated in most current conditions and underwater environments. This battery-operated ROV gives you up to 6 hours of mission time on a single charge and is depth rated at 305 meters, giving you the confidence you need to accomplish any task.

Learning to fly the SRV-8 underwater drone is simple and takes 3 minutes or less to set up and deploy. The standard Xbox joystick controller allows for intuitive operation for any marine professional.

Underwater Innovation

The Most Maneuverable ROV on the market today

Oceanbotics™ exclusive 8 thruster DVC gives full 360° maneuverability along 6 axes and advanced programming reduces the time needed to train an operator. Using a standard Xbox joystick controller, the operator “flies” the SRV-8 with near-instant familiarity. The ROV can perform complex maneuvers such as crabbing, climbing, and pitching, and it can ascend, descend, move left, right, forward, or backward with a single thumbstick gesture. The ROV’s software smarts enable precision station-keeping and hold functions where the SRV-8 can be locked onto a specific heading, depth, or pitch angle.

Ease of Use and One Person Portable

The SRV-8 can be in the water three minutes or less after arriving at the launch site. Deploying from almost any platform is simple, quick connectors link the ROV to tether to topside box and controller with 8.4” sunlight-readable monitor – all in a matter of minutes. Extend your mission with hot-swappable battery modules (available in Lithium or NiMH), no generator required.

Operate in any Underwater Environment Up to 305m Depth

In addition to getting up to 6+ hours of operation on a single charge (using Lithium batteries), the batteries provide enough power to get the SRV-8 on-station as rapidly as possible. The SRV-8 underwater drone is rated to depths as low as 305 meters (1,000 ft). The tether reel supports lengths up to 400m (1,312 ft) and the small diameter (4.5mm) of the tether itself reduces the effect of drag, weight, and current on the ROV, making maneuvers and station-keeping easier. With the uniquely designed strain relief connection and a pull strength rated over 300lbs, the tether can be used for launch and recovery of the SRV-8 from high platforms or used to aid in the recovery of large heavy objects from the seafloor.

Dual Mode Camera (HD/Analog) + LED Lights

The SRV-8 is your “window in the water”. Two 1,500 lumen LED lights to penetrate the depths with about a third of the brightness of full sunlight, illuminating 135° in front of the ROV, enabling the operator to find their target faster. Additional lights can easily be added to the frame. The onboard camera delivers dual feeds – a clear, real-time analog feed for the operator, and a high-resolution digital signal suitable for viewing on-site or recording for later analysis.

Customizable Modular Platform with Various Connection Options

Designed to tackle a wide variety of missions, the SRV-8 underwater drone can be used for inspecting infrastructures such as bridges, piers, and pipelines, or deployed in a search and recovery mission with equal ease. And, while this ROV is fully capable in its basic configuration, its utility can be enhanced with accessories available from RJE International, Oceanbotics™, or third parties. Oceanbotics™ offers an optional grabber arm and precision R-Nav or R-Nav Pro navigation systems.

SRV-8 Specifications

SRV-8 Vehicle

Thrusters 8 Brushless DC Thrusters
Maneuverability Dynamic Vector Control (DVC) allows for 6 Degrees of Freedom
Lifting Capacity Up to 12lbs in water
Camera Dual-Mode Low Light Analog / HD,
Analog for Navigation (very low latency)
HD Video 1080p for Recording on External Device
Camera tilt servo control method
Lights 2 Standard, 135o Beam Angle, 1,500 Lumens Each,
Additional Lighting available (Up to 6 lights)
Vector Nav IMU/AHRS
Electronic Compass, Attitude, Roll, Pitch & Yaw
Sensors Depth Sensor (Meters or Feet)
Temperature (oC or oF)
External Sensor Inputs Accommodates 2 external devices via RS232 / RS485 or Ethernet
Battery Life 4-6+ Hours Average use
Minimum of 4 hours from fully charged battery packs (random
motion at 30% throttle, lamps x 2 at 50% brightness, all sensor
data logged both video streams on)
Battery Source Dual Hot-Swappable Battery Modules
Environmental Operational between -10oC and +60oC (in air), -2oC and 35oC (in
Depth Rating 305 Meters (1000ft)
Weight 39lbs (17.7kg) (Basic Vehicle only)
Dimensions Length: 50cm (19.5″) x Width: 43cm (17.0″) x Height: 33cm
Mechanical Neutrally buoyant in freshwater (basic configuration)
Can replace thrusters without opening electronics bottle
Optional Grabber with various attachments
Reel Assembly (RA) 100m (330ft) @ 4.5mm Diameter on Reel
Optional 150m (495ft), 200m (660ft) & Custom
Reel 400m Capacity with Slip Ring
Control Console (CC) Standard Xbox Gaming Controller
Sunlight Readable 8.4″ Color Monitor
4 Profiles / Agility Settings
Powered by external 12V input / battery

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Version: May 2020

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