The VideoRay Explorer Economy ROV System (PAL) is a remote-operated underwater vehicle and camera system for professionals. The system uses an advanced control panel, connected by 40 m tether, to operate a submersible ROV rigged with a 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 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's Variable Intensity Control.
The link between the submersible ROV and its surface control panel is a neutrally buoyant, 40 m plug and play performance tether. Measuring 8.2mm in diameter and featuring dent tolerance up to 1000 lb, the Explorer tether acts as an avenue for communication, control, and voltage delivery up to 48 V of direct current. From the surface, an operator uses the Explorer's control panel to guide the ROV. Featuring an integrated joystick, depth control knob and 7" color display, the control panel remotely facilitates manual camera focus, camera tilt, depth settings and lighting adjustments. Besides the main 7" video display, the control panel has an array of LCD displays for checking depth, compass heading and the cumulative hour meter. As an added convenience after each project, the entire Explorer Economy ROV System packs into one portable, hard-shell, watertight and durable Pelican case.