Boxfish ROV — An underwater drone

Industry-leading intelligent design

The Boxfish ROV’s lightweight design offers easy deployment and operation with a crew of just two from virtually any small boat without the need for further equipment*, at just 23kg, it is easy to launch and recover by hand and operates down to 300m with an option to go to 1000m and beyond.

Built in ultra wide-angle navigation cameras offer unprecedented surround visibility and give the pilot excellent situational awareness. This coupled with the auto-stabilisation system and pilot assist features makes piloting the ROV a breeze.

Should disaster strike, the ROV has a fault tolerant design allowing it to continue to operate with several fouled thrusters. Additionally, if all communications are lost, it will automatically return to surface under its own power.

*DC or AC power required if not purchased with optional battery power pack.

Fully digital 4K control console

Live uncompressed 4KP30 video is displayed in real-time on a beautiful 17” 4K monitor while navigation cameras and telemetry are shown on a second, super-bright 10” monitor.

A multitude of inputs and outputs cater for the addition of external video recorders, USBL systems and other accessories. The easy control layout allows even a novice to learn the controls quickly.

Payload and buoyancy

The unique design requires a unique patent pending buoyancy balancing system that makes trimming the ROV straightforward. A wide range add on sensors can be attached via Ethernet or RS-485 with a number of expansion ports available on the hull.

The large dry payload area offers support for a range of professional cameras offering support for live 4K30P uncompressed video to the surface in 10-bit colour.

Maneuverability

With eight vectored thrusters, the Boxfish ROV offers the unique capability of true six degrees of freedom of movement meaning the vehicle can travel and orientate itself in any direction giving the user a powerful tool for getting into and working in tight spaces not accessible or visible with conventional ROVs.

Fast Recharge

The Boxfish can be fully recharged in 1.5 hours using the standard recharger. Quick access, sealed ports mean the ROV can be charged easily and quickly in the field. Faster recharger options are available.

Serviceability

The Boxfish ROV is low maintenance. Any of the eight thrusters can be replaced in minutes with basic tools allowing you to keep working longer. While not necessary for normal operations, the lithium battery pack can be removed easily if need be.

Lighting

A pair of standard 3,000 lumen lights offer excellent illumination for inspection in total darkness, an optional upgrade to 16,000 lumens with adjustable ball mount arms gives optimal lighting for the best possible image capture.

Applications

The Boxfish ROV is suited to a wide range of applications from cinematography to science, inspection to education. The low cost of operation, safe and easy deployment and high quality output make suitable for many tasks.

Underwater inspection

The Boxfish ROV provides industry leading stability, livestreaming ultra high definision (UHD) video and very accurate control. These key attributes combined with mission specific sonar and navigation configurations allow superior methods for conducting sub surface inspection and surveillance in the following areas:

  • Ship hulls
  • Port infrastructure
  • Aquaculture
  • Tank and pipe systems
  • Biosecurity
  • Hydroelectric infrastructure
  • Search and rescue
  • Working diver surveillance
  • Scientific inspection
  • Environmental monitoring

Traditionally these jobs are very manual, time consuming, dangerous and costly. The Boxfish ROV significantly lowers the cost and complexity of performing underwater inspection and provides a superior record of those inspections.

Scientific research and education

The Boxfish ROV provides performance on par with much larger working class ROV’s in terms of stability, configurability and depth ratings but at just a fraction of the cost. Video quality matches and often exceeds that of even the most advanced systems on the market.

The relatively low cost of the Boxfish ROV in combination with the fact that it does not require an expensive support vessel for deployment, gives research institutions and educators the possibility to make their research funding stretch much further, creating wider availability and increasing scientific output.

Sensor integration options allow for a vast array of data to be collected and the option to install manipulators and sampling systems further increases the range of possible missions.

Underwater cinematography

Before the Boxfish ROV underwater filmmakers have struggle to find systems that provide both a stable filming platform and real-time streaming of production quality video.

Divers are the current solution to most underwater filming. They have multiple disadvantages such as dive time restrictions, steadiness, restrictions on depth and access to remote locations due to health and safety constraints. On top of the issues associated with divers, there is also the need for multiple takes because the captured footage can only be reviewed once it has been retrieved from the camera.

The Boxfish ROV directly solves these pain points and opens up new areas of the world for exploration. The Boxfish ROV is the only product on the market that is targeting this segment.

Leisure and Charter operators

The Boxfish ROV is perfect for charter boat operators or superyacht owners/captains looking to impress guests and to give them access to the world beneath their boats.

The Boxfish ROV allows any guest to quickly master control of the ROV and live stream UHD video to the ship’s entertainment system enabling everyone onboard to share the excitement of the unknown below.

Key features for our leisure customers

  • Easy to master and operate
  • Low lifetime cost of ownership
  • High quality video output
  • Reliability
  • Live streaming to ship’s onboard displays
  • Easy to deploy and retrieve

Boxfish ROV Technical Specifications

Exceptional video quality. Large sensor, live 4K video streaming. True six degrees of freedom manoeuvrability. Extremely stable, manouverable platform. Easy deployment. Long runtime. 300m/1000ft depth rating.

Details

  • Pressure vessel material: Hard anodised aluminium alloy
  • Dome material: Acrylic
  • Thruster layout: 8 vectored
  • Maximum thrust (f/l/v): 20kgf / 14kgf /14kgf
Integrated sensors:
  • Depth
  • Internal humidity
  • Battery and supply voltages
  • Thruster telemetry
  • Dual IMU
  • Leak detection
Optional add-ons:
  • USBL (underwater navigation)
  • Sidescan sonar
  • Imaging sonar
  • Profiling sonar
  • Manipulator/Grabber
  • DVL
  • CTD
  • Seawater termperture
Lighting:
  • Standard: 2 x 3,000 lumen, high CRI, dimmable
  • Forward option: 2 x 8,000 lumen, high CRI, dimmable
  • Adjustable arms and ball mounts for excellent lighting in all orientations
  • Reverse lights
  • Additional forward lighting options available
Navigation cameras:
  • Forward:  FHD, 1080 lines, 30 fps, 180 degree horizontal view (not available with all primary camera/lens combinations)
  • Reverse: FHD, 1080 lines, 30 fps, 180 degree horizontal view 
Depth rating:
  • 300m / 1000m (optional)
Physical specifications:
  • (l/w/h): 610mm / 400mm /  360mm
  • Weight (sea water balance): 24kg
  • Battery capacity: 710Wh, typical endurance over 8 hours
  • Battery life: 300 cycles
  • Battery recharge time:
  • 1.5 hrs on AC & 3 hrs on DC power (typical)
Standard external connections:
  • Boxfish tether connector
  • Boxfish charge connectors
  • External sensor integration:
  • Up to six Boxfish standard ports (other options available)
  • Thread: 5/8-18 UNF 
Power to external connections:
  • 12V or 24V DC (50W / 50W)
  • Data:
  • RS485 and ethernet (10/100/1000mbps)
  • Operating temperature:
  • -2˚C to +35˚C