Oscar the Lab’s OpenROV is getting wet!

OpenROV_introOscar, our newly acquired OpenROV, has been tested out in the wild a few days ago. Acquired and assembled in the Fall 2013 and first tested within tanks, Oscar and his group had to patiently wait for the ice to melt from the Canadian lakes to be tested outside. Some lab members including Arnaud that helped assemble Oscar participated to its test in a pond during a nice sunny day last week. Oscar is an inexpensive open-source ROV developed by OpenROV capable of diving (in theory) down to around 75-100 meters. It is equipped with a camera feeding images in real-time to a computer at the surface, LED lights, two lasers used for scale and three propellers that allow its navigation. The test was successful despite a very turbid lake. After a few adjustments we are hoping for a test in the oceans in a near future!

Tests of Oscar in Long Pond, Memorial University

Tests of Oscar in Long Pond, Memorial University