Mini ROV | Flanders Marine Institute

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Platform for marine research

Mini ROV

The mini Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an (unmanned) underwater robot that executes visual underwater observations at a depth of up to 125m. Due to the fact that the mini ROV is a relatively light-weight (6.5 kg in air), this instrument is especially used in an environment not affected by currents (e.g. lakes). From a research vessel or quay, the mini ROV is steered by means of a hand console. The incoming data can be followed on that same tablet.

How does a mini ROV work?

The mini ROV is operated by the tablet from a research vessel or along the riverside. Using the tablet, the mini ROV can be operated and the underwater world can be visualized. The camera has a tilt of 150° while it has a horizontally view of up to 250°.

  Movie made by the mini ROV


Usefulness of a mini ROV?

  • The underwater world can be visualized by means of the mini ROV
  • The mini ROV works optimal in an environment that is not susceptible to (strong) currents

Technical details

The mini ROV of VLIZ, has the following technical characteristics:

  • Mini ROV:
    • Dimensions:
      • l x w x h: 306 mm x 306 mm x 370 mm
      • Weight (in air): 6.5 kg
    • Protection: HDPE (high density poly ethylene)
  • Cameras light:
    • Camera tilt: 150°
    • Range of view: 250°
    • Internal light: 5000 Lumen Led array
  • Cable:
    • Length: 200 m
    • Diameter: 4 mm
  • Hand controller:
    • Tablet
    • Recording: MP4, JPEG? H264

All technical details you can find here.

How to borrow the mini ROV?

Scientists associated with universities or scientific institutions can use our equipment. Contact VLIZ for more information.

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the mini ROV of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.