The VideoRay Explorer X3 Economy ROV System (NTSC) is a remote-operated underwater vehicle and camera system for professionals. The system uses an advanced control panel, connected by up to 115 m of modular tether, to operate a submersible ROV rigged with a video camera and lighting system. Underwater, the submersible is propelled by a single vertical and dual horizontal brushed thrusters, which enable a max speed of 1.9 knots. The Explorer X3 ROV reaches its dive limit at 250'.
Inside the submersible's central pressure hull, a forward facing camera is securely fixed. Optimized for underwater use, the wide angle camera features 570 lines of resolution, ample horizontal/diagonal viewing angles, and a sufficient vertical field of view afforded by 160° of variable tilt. An optional recording device will be required in order to capture the camera's video feed. In darker water, visibility and image quality are improved by dual 20W, high-efficiency halogen lights. With each light mounted on an opposite side of the central hull, the camera receives balanced illumination from the left and right. Adjustments to each halogen's incandescence can be made from the surface via the Explorer X3's Variable Intensity Control.
The link between the Explorer X3 ROV and its surface control panel is a modular (sectional) Tether System. Operators can choose to use the neutrally buoyant, 40 m Professional Performance Tether or opt to attach the neutrally buoyant 75 m Extension Tether section, which brings the total tether length to an impressive 115 m. The performance tether is 8.2 mm in diameter, while the extension is 11.2 mm. Both are dent tolerant up to 1000 lb and act as an avenue for control signals and power voltage - maxing out at 48 V DC.
From the surface, an operator uses the Explorer X3's control panel to guide the submersible ROV. The control panel features an integrated joystick, depth control knob and 7" color display. It can manually adjust camera focus, change camera tilt, program depth settings and set lighting intensity. Besides the main 7" monitor, the control panel also has an array of LCD displays for checking depth, compass heading and the cumulative hour meter. As an added convenience, the entire Explorer X3 Economy ROV System packs into one portable, hard-shell, watertight and durable Pelican 1620 Case with a custom interior.