The BlueROV2 is the world’s most affordable high-performance underwater ROV. With six- and eight-thruster configurations, a number of available accessories, and open-source software, it has an unprecedented level of performance, flexibility, and expandability. With several thousand units out in the field, the BlueROV2 is one of the most popular underwater drones on the market!

The BlueROV2 comes partially assembled and requires 6-8 hours of user assembly to complete. During the assembly process, you learn how all of the components of the system work and fit together and it leaves you with the knowledge needed to make upgrades and improvements in the future!

 

Live HD Camera and Lighting

At the front of the ROV is a high definition (1080p, 30fps) wide-angle low-light camera optimized for use on the ROV. It’s mounted to a tilt mechanism so that the pilot can control the camera tilt to look up or down, even when the ROV is level.

The ROV can be configured with two or four dimmable Lumen Lights, providing up to 6,000 lumens to illuminate the ocean depths.

 

 

Vectored Thruster Configuration and the Heavy Configuration

The ROV uses the patented T200 Thrusters in a vectored configuration, providing a high thrust-to-weight ratio and the ability to move precisely in any direction. The ROV comes with six thrusters but is expandable to eight thrusters with the Heavy Configuration Retrofit Kit, providing full six-degree-of-freedom control and feedback stability.

Adjustable gain levels allow the pilot to have precision control at extremely low speeds as well as high power to overcome currents and carry heavy loads.

 

Depth Rating up to 300 meters

The BlueROV2 can be configured with either acrylic plastic or anodized aluminum enclosures. The acrylic enclosures are rated to a depth of 100 meters 100 meters (330 ft) and the aluminum enclosures are rated to a depth of 300 meters (985 ft). The ROV is constructed from high-quality, well-proven components like our Locking Watertight Enclosures and WetLink Penetrator, and it comes with a vacuum test pump to verify a proper seal before each dive.

 

Photo credit: Abyss Solutions

Modular Frame Design and Expandability

Designed like a work class or research class ROV, the BlueROV2 has an open frame that carries the electronics and battery enclosures, thrusters, buoyancy foam, and ballast weights. This simple design is robust and expandable, making it easy to attach accessories such as an ROV gripper or scanning sonar. We have a payload skid available that extends the frame further and allows you to attach much larger payloads. We’ve seen people use this for scientific instruments, pressure washer attachments, additional battery enclosures, and more.

The BlueROV2 is designed to be expanded and modified and many of our users have made significant modifications to suit their particular applications. Replacing the standard frame with a custom frame, you can create just about any underwater robot you can imagine!

 

 

Powered by the Navigator and BlueOS

The BlueROV2 is controlled by the Navigator Flight Controller and BlueOS. The Navigator is a purpose-built controller for ROVs and other robotic applications that has onboard sensors including an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and magnetometer to measure orientation and compass heading and a leak sensor to alert you of any water ingress. It has 16 outputs that can be connected to thrusters, lights, grippers, and other accessories as well as a number of serial and I2C communication ports to communicate with sensors and sonars. It has plenty of room for expandability!

The Navigator is coupled with a Raspberry Pi 4 computer, which handles all of the processing and computing requirements within the ROV. It runs our open-source BlueOS software that provides the tools and features necessary to operate and expand the vehicle. BlueOS runs the ArduSub vehicle control software, manages the camera and tether connection, and makes it easy to update the software to add new features. BlueOS is a growing project and will continue to provide new features to all BlueROV2s.

At the surface, the pilot controls the ROV through a laptop computer and gamepad controller. The open-source QGroundControl application acts as the user interface, providing the live video stream, sensor feedback and information, and the ability to change settings and configuration.

 

Photo credit: Jeff Milisen

 

Getting Started with the BlueROV2

The BlueROV2 is designed for both entry-level and advanced ROV users. It comes with everything you need to get in the water except for a few components:

 

BlueROV2 with integrated Ping360.

 

Available Options, Add-ons, and Accessories

First of all, there are a few configurable options that you’ll have to choose:

Once you’ve got a solid grip on the basics, there are countless ways to expand your BlueROV2! We have a few core accessories:




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The BlueROV2 is the world’s most affordable high-performance underwater ROV. With six- and eight-thruster configurations, a number of available accessories, and open source software, it has an unprecedented level of performance, flexibility, and expandability. With several thousand units out in the field, the BlueROV2 is one of the most popular underwater drones on the market.

    The BlueROV2 is the world’s most affordable high-performance underwater ROV. With six- and eight-thruster configurations, a number of available accessories, and open-source software, it has an unprecedented level of performance, flexibility, and expandability. With several thousand units out in the field, the BlueROV2 is one of the most popular underwater drones on the market!

    The BlueROV2 comes partially assembled and requires 6-8 hours of user assembly to complete. During the assembly process, you learn how all of the components of the system work and fit together and it leaves you with the knowledge needed to make upgrades and improvements in the future!

     

    Live HD Camera and Lighting

    At the front of the ROV is a high definition (1080p, 30fps) wide-angle low-light camera optimized for use on the ROV. It’s mounted to a tilt mechanism so that the pilot can control the camera tilt to look up or down, even when the ROV is level.

    The ROV can be configured with two or four dimmable Lumen Lights, providing up to 6,000 lumens to illuminate the ocean depths.

     

     

    Vectored Thruster Configuration and the Heavy Configuration

    The ROV uses the patented T200 Thrusters in a vectored configuration, providing a high thrust-to-weight ratio and the ability to move precisely in any direction. The ROV comes with six thrusters but is expandable to eight thrusters with the Heavy Configuration Retrofit Kit, providing full six-degree-of-freedom control and feedback stability.

    Adjustable gain levels allow the pilot to have precision control at extremely low speeds as well as high power to overcome currents and carry heavy loads.

     

    Depth Rating up to 300 meters

    The BlueROV2 can be configured with either acrylic plastic or anodized aluminum enclosures. The acrylic enclosures are rated to a depth of 100 meters 100 meters (330 ft) and the aluminum enclosures are rated to a depth of 300 meters (985 ft). The ROV is constructed from high-quality, well-proven components like our Locking Watertight Enclosures and WetLink Penetrator, and it comes with a vacuum test pump to verify a proper seal before each dive.

     

    Photo credit: Abyss Solutions

    Modular Frame Design and Expandability

    Designed like a work class or research class ROV, the BlueROV2 has an open frame that carries the electronics and battery enclosures, thrusters, buoyancy foam, and ballast weights. This simple design is robust and expandable, making it easy to attach accessories such as an ROV gripper or scanning sonar. We have a payload skid available that extends the frame further and allows you to attach much larger payloads. We’ve seen people use this for scientific instruments, pressure washer attachments, additional battery enclosures, and more.

    The BlueROV2 is designed to be expanded and modified and many of our users have made significant modifications to suit their particular applications. Replacing the standard frame with a custom frame, you can create just about any underwater robot you can imagine!

     

     

    Powered by the Navigator and BlueOS

    The BlueROV2 is controlled by the Navigator Flight Controller and BlueOS. The Navigator is a purpose-built controller for ROVs and other robotic applications that has onboard sensors including an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and magnetometer to measure orientation and compass heading and a leak sensor to alert you of any water ingress. It has 16 outputs that can be connected to thrusters, lights, grippers, and other accessories as well as a number of serial and I2C communication ports to communicate with sensors and sonars. It has plenty of room for expandability!

    The Navigator is coupled with a Raspberry Pi 4 computer, which handles all of the processing and computing requirements within the ROV. It runs our open-source BlueOS software that provides the tools and features necessary to operate and expand the vehicle. BlueOS runs the ArduSub vehicle control software, manages the camera and tether connection, and makes it easy to update the software to add new features. BlueOS is a growing project and will continue to provide new features to all BlueROV2s.

    At the surface, the pilot controls the ROV through a laptop computer and gamepad controller. The open-source QGroundControl application acts as the user interface, providing the live video stream, sensor feedback and information, and the ability to change settings and configuration.

     

    Photo credit: Jeff Milisen

     

    Getting Started with the BlueROV2

    The BlueROV2 is designed for both entry-level and advanced ROV users. It comes with everything you need to get in the water except for a few components:

    • Laptop – We recommend a medium to high-end model with Windows 10, Mac, or Linux operating systems. There are also some compatible tablets including the Windows Surface tablets. iOS and Android are not officially supported at this time.
    • Gamepad Controller – We recommend the Xbox One controller or the Logitech F310 or F710 controllers.
    • Battery – We recommend our 14.8v, 15.6Ah lithium-ion battery for the best battery life, but we can’t ship it to all locations! There are a number of other compatible batteries that can be used as well. We’d recommend getting a few for extended operation.
    • Battery Charger – We have a recommended charger as well, but any lithium-ion battery charger that can handle your battery will work!

     

    BlueROV2 with integrated Ping360.

     

    Available Options, Add-ons, and Accessories

    First of all, there are a few configurable options that you’ll have to choose:

    • The Fathom Tether length can be selected from 25 meters all the way up to 300 meters. The length you choose depends on how deep and how far you want to go. For lengths over 100 meters, we’d recommend the Fathom Spool to make it easier to manage.
    • The lights are available in 2-light and 4-light configurations. If you plan to do a lot of work in poor lighting conditions or at night, we recommend the 4-light configuration.

    Once you’ve got a solid grip on the basics, there are countless ways to expand your BlueROV2! We have a few core accessories:




    Major Components After Assembly

    The BlueROV2 comes partially assembled with the electronics and WTEs tested. Assembly takes approximately 4-6 hours with hand tools. After assembly, the major components will be as follows:

    • 1 x BlueROV2 (as configured)
    • 1 x Fathom ROV Tether (as configured)
    • 1 x Fathom-X Tether Interface (FXTI)

    What’s Not Included
    There are some items necessary for operation that are not included with the kit.

    • A gamepad controller. We recommend this XBox One Controller (finer control) or this Logitech Gamepad (more affordable).
    • A laptop or a Windows 10 tablet with 8GB of RAM or higher. The topside control software, QGroundControl, works on Mac, Windows 10 (i5 processor), and Linux.
    • A 4S battery for the BlueROV2. Here are our recommendations:
      • Blue Robotics Lithium-ion Battery (14.8V, 18Ah)
      • Turnigy Li-po (14.8V, 10Ah) (Hobby King)
      • HobbyStar Li-po (14.8V, 10Ah) (Amazon)
    • A battery charger, such as our Lithium Battery Charger.

    What’s Included
    The following lists the included sub-assemblies and other components of the kit.
    Frame

    • 1 x BlueROV2 Frame
    • 7 x 8-18 thread, 5/8” long, thread-forming screw
    • 7 x Ballast Weight (200g, 7 oz)

    Electronics Enclosure

    • 1 x BlueROV2 Enclosure

    Battery Enclosure

    • 1 x Enclosure Clamp (3” Series) Set (black anodized aluminum w/ rubber strips)
    • 1 x Cast Acrylic Tube – 8.75″, 222mm (3″ Series)
    • 1 x Aluminum End Cap (3” Series)
    • 1 x Aluminum End Cap with 4 Holes (3” Series) w/ 2 Cable Penetrator Blanks and 1 Enclosure Vent and Plug installed (anodized aluminum 6061)
    • 2 x O-Ring Flange (3” Series)
    • 1 x XT90 to 3.5 mm bullet connector adapter
    • 4 x M4x14 socket head cap screw (316 stainless steel)
    • 4 x M3x12 socket head cap screws (316 stainless steel)

    Thrusters

    • 3 x T200 Thrusters w/ Clockwise Propeller installed
    • 3 x T200 Thrusters w/ Counter-Clockwise Propeller installed
    • 6 x Cable Penetrator Nut
    • 6 x 013 O-ring
    • 16 x M3x16 socket head cap screw (316 stainless steel)
    • 8 x M3x12 socket head cap screw (316 stainless steel)
    • 30 x 5 1/2” zip ties (nylon)

    Fairings

    • 4 x BlueROV2 Fairings (blue polycarbonate)
    • 4 x Subsea Buoyancy Foam (R-3318 urethane foam)
    • 16 x #4 size, 3/4” long pan head self tapping screw (316 stainless steel)

    Tether

    • 1 x Fathom ROV Tether R2 (ROV-ready) (25-300m)
    • 1 x Tether Cable Thimble with 5Heavy Duty Zip Ties

    Tools

    • 1 x Silicone Grease – 10g Tube
    • 1 x O-Ring Pick
    • 1 x 2.5 mm hex driver
    • 1 x #1 Phillips head screwdriver
    • 1 x Penetrator Wrench
    • 1 x Hex Key Set
    • 1 x MicroSD to SD Adapter
    • 1 x Hand Operated Vacuum Pump with fittings for testing 2 enclosures

    Lights

    • 1-2 x Lumen Subsea Light (Pre-Connected Sets) (New R2 Version) (Optional)

    SOS Leak Sensor

    • 1 x SOS Leak Sensor (installed)

    Fathom-X Tether Interface

    • 1 x Fathom-X Tether Interface (FXTI)
    • 1 x 3 ft (1m) USB-A to USB-B cable

    Desiccant

    • 1 x Moisture Indicating Silica Gel Desiccant

    Spares

    • 2 x Cable Penetrator Blank
    • 2 x 013 O-ring
    • 2 x Cable Penetrator Nut (1x Used for Battery Cable in Battery Enclosure / 1x Used with Cable Penetrator Blank if you aren’t using Lumens)

    Specifications

    Physical

    Length

    457 mm

    18 in

    Width

    338 mm

    13.3 in

    Height

    254 mm

    10 in

    Weight in Air (with Ballast)

    10-11 kg

    22-24 lb

    Weight in Air (without Ballast)

    9-10 kg

    20-22 lb

    Net Buoyancy (with Ballast)

    0.2 kg

    0.5 lb

    Net Buoyancy (without Ballast)

    1.4 kg

    3 lb

    Payload Capacity (configuration dependent)

    1.0 kg (4x Lumens) to 1.2 kg (no Lumens)

    2.2 to 2.6 lbs

    Cable Penetrator Holes

    14 x 10 mm

    14 x 0.4 in

    Construction

    HDPE frame, aluminum flanges/end cap, and acrylic tubes

    Main Tube (Electronics Enclosure)

    Blue Robotics 4 inch series w/ aluminum end caps

    Battery Tube

    Blue Robotics 3 inch series w/ aluminum end caps

    Buoyancy Foam

    R-3318 Urethane Foam rated to 244 meters

    Ballast Weight

    6 x 200 g coated lead weights

    Battery Connector

    XT90

    Performance

    Maximum Rated Depth

    100 m

    330 ft

    Maximum Tested Depth (so far)

    130 m

    425 ft

    Temperature Range

    0-30°C

    32-86°F

    Maximum Forward Speed

    1.5 m/s

    3 knots

    Thrusters

    Blue Robotics T200

    ESC

    Blue Robotics Basic 30A ESC

    Thruster Configuration

    6 thrusters (4 Vectored2 Vertical)

    Forward Bollard Thrust (45°)

    9 kgf

    19.8 lbf

    Vertical Bollard Thrust

    7 kgf

    15.4 lbf

    Lateral Bollard Thrust (45°)

    9 kgf

    19.8 lbf

    Battery

    Battery Life (Normal Use)

    ~2 hours w/ 18AH Lithium-ion Battery

    Battery Life (Light Use)

    ~4 hours w/ 18AH Lithium-ion Battery


    The batteries can be changed in about 30 seconds.

    Lights

    Brightness

    1500 lumens each with dimming control

    Light Beam Angle

    135 degrees, with adjustable tilt

    Tether

    Diameter

    7.6 mm

    0.30 in

    Length

    25-300 m

    80-980 ft

    Working Strength

    45 kgf

    100 lbf

    Breaking Strength

    160 kgf

    350 lbf

    Strength Member

    Kevlar with waterblock

    Buoyancy in Freshwater

    Neutral

    Buoyancy in Saltwater

    Slightly Positive

    Conductors

    4 twisted pairs, 26 AWG

    Sensors

    Gyroscope

    3-DOF Gyroscope (on the PixHawk)

    Accelerometer

    3-DOF Accelerometer (on the PixHawk)

    Compass

    3-DOF Magnetometer (on the PixHawk)

    Internal pressure

    Internal barometer (on the PixHawk)

    Pressure/Depth and Temperature Sensor (external)

    Blue Robotics Bar30

    Current and Voltage Sensing

    Blue Robotics Power Sense Module

    Camera Tilt

    Tilt Range

    +/- 90 degree camera tilt (180 total range)

    Tilt Servo

    Hitec HS-5055MG

    Camera

    Field of View (Underwater)

    110 degrees (horizontal)

    Light Sensitivity

    0.01 lux

    Resolution

    1080p

    Control System

    Tether Interface Board

    Fathom-X Tether Interface Board

    Control Board

    Pixhawk 1

    Control Software

    ArduSub

     

    System Requirements

    Parameter

    Value

    Operating System

    Windows

    10 64bit

    macOS

    10.20 or later

    Ubuntu

    18.04 or later

    Minimum Recommended Hardware

    Processor

    i5 processor or better

    RAM

    8GB

    Storage

    Solid-state drive (SSD)

     

    Component Depth Ratings

    Component

    Depth Rating

    Electronics Enclosure Tube (4" Series)

    100 m (acrylic)
      950 m (aluminum)

    4" Series 18-Hole End Cap

    950 m

    4" Series Dome

    500 m

    Battery Enclosure Tube (3" Series)

    200 m (acrylic)
      950 m (aluminum)

    3" Series Blank Aluminum End Cap

    950 m

    3" Series 4-Hole End Cap

    950 m

    Bar30 Depth/Pressure Sensor

    300 m

    Pressure Relief Valve (PRV)

    950 m

    WetLink Penetrators and Blanks

    950 m

    Buoyancy Foam

    300 m

    Fathom ROV Ready Tether

    950 m

    Lumen Lights

    500 m

    T200 Thrusters

    N/A

     

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