The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

3rd ROV Build Meeting

Posted by Deliverator on May 14th, 2005

Ryan and I met today and finished the ROV frame (minus the front runners). We then went down to Enetai and tested the frame in the water for the first time. As expected, the frame was quite buoyant with the two big 4″ tanks on top. We ended up filling up a big bucket with sand to figure out just how buoyant we had made it. We emptied sand out until the frame was more or less levitating in the water (neither sinking or rising). Once properly balanced, a miniscule tug on the rope could move the rov around in the water. Ryan took the bucket home afterwords and is going to figure out how much wiggle room we have to work with. We may be buoyant enough that we will be able to add extra batteries and extend our runtime significantly.

ROV Completed Frame

Here is a video of the ROV self-righting. You will need to have the XVID codec installed. I don’t think we are going to have any problems with the ROV rolling or otherwise becoming disoriented in the water.