The world's most capable scientific submersible
Today’s Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Sciences, ROPOS, is the product of over 25 years of collaboration with world leading ocean scientists, engineers, and students who continue to push its limits through innovative and ambitious projects. From deep-sea hydrothermal vent exploration to the deployment and maintenance of ocean observatories, ROPOS has become known as the world’s most capable scientific submersible for its capabilities, versatility, efficiency, and the skill and professionalism of its operators.
Greater than the sum of its parts
From handling the most fragile of corals to accurately placing a 4000 lb instrument platform on the seafloor, ROPOS is the vehicle of choice. Designed to be a truly versatile scientific submersible, every dive with ROPOS maximizes offshore productivity. Continually evolving to provide its users with increasing capabilities, reliability and efficiency, the ROPOS vehicle uses carefully selected and integrated state of the art technologies to help make your expedition successful.
|ROPOS||The Remotely Operated Vehicle for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS) is a 40 hp Science/Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) capable of operating at depths of up to 5000 m|
|Size and Weight||3.05 m (length), 1.64 m (width) and 2.17 m (height), 3393 kg|
|Speed||2.5 knot (forward max), 1.0 knot (typical transect), 1.0 knot (lateral), and 1.5 knot (vertical)|
|Sea State||Sea State 6 (Using LARS heave compensation system)|
|Video||Two HD Cameras, Six pilot and tooling cameras, 12.1 megapixel digital still camera and over 3700 watts of lighting|
|Manipulators||2 x Schilling Robotics TITAN 4 Manipulators that have the dexterity and accuracy necessary to perform the fine movements needed for complex tasks.||Telemetry||Greensea Systems telemetry provides reliable vehicle control and cutting-edge auto-pilot functionalities to further increase the vehicle’s efficiency.|
|Through Frame Lift||1815 kg with a 5:1 safety factor, tested to 3629 kg. Uses four point attachment for under-slung payload or skid interface|
For a full technical description see the ROPOS Specifications
Front view of ROPOS ready for a multi-disciplinary science dive.
A ROPOS for every ship
The ROPOS vehicle has three general configurations to best suit the operational goals and budget of our users. Each configuration is designed to allow for flexible deployment scenarios on a variety of vessel of opportunity. Since its first dive, the ROPOS system has been shipped throughout the world and mobilized on over 16 different vessels.
Several ways to work together
Handling the most complex tasks
Like the ocean, simply stunning
Tools and Sampling
A tool belt you can count on
A powerful tool to manage your data
Accuracy and repeatability
Collaborate with distant shores
Things happen, we come prepared