Say hello to the Boxfish Underwater ROV!

We've built a lightweight design, which 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.

 Its built-in ultra-wide-angle navigation cameras, offer unprecedented surround visibility and gives the pilot excellent situational awareness. This coupled with the auto-stabilisation system and pilot assist features, make piloting the ROV a breeze.

Should an unexpected 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 the surface under its own power.

*if purchased with our optional battery power pack

EASY TO SETUP, EASY TO DEPLOY & EASY TO DRIVE

From plane, to boat, to dive, the Boxfish ROV is an easy system to transport, setup and drive. Setup and deploy within minutes of arriving on site, all manageable by a single operator. The military grade precision controls do the hard part, allowing for nimble, precise and direct movement.

UNPARALLELED VISION

The Boxfish ROV is the only vehicle in its class that delivers tack-sharp, uncompressed 4K video.  The main 17” 4K monitor is complemented by a 10” screen that displays two video from two additional ultra-wide angle cameras that provide unprecedented surround vision.

MANEUVERABILITY

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

LONG BATTERY LIFE

The Boxfish can run for up to 18 hours. Typical deployments can easily last for 6-8 hours. Quick access, sealed ports mean the ROV can be charged easily in the field. 

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 for longer. While not necessary for normal operations, the lithium battery pack can be removed easily if need be.

SUPERB LIGHTING

A pair of standard 8,500-lumen lights (each) offers excellent illumination for inspection in total darkness. Adjustable ball mount arms and high CRI lighting (>90) gives optimal illumination for the best possible image capture.

Shot with Boxfish ROV

Boxfish ROV in Antarctica - goes deep underwater!

September 5, 2019
360° Video

MS Mikhail Lermontov collided with the rocks and look at her now...

May 21, 2019
360° Video

Minke whale under the ice in Antarctica ROV

March 14, 2019
360° Video

Waddell seal at 70m under the ice in Antarctica Boxfish ROV

March 14, 2019
360° Video

Waddell seals playing under the ice in Antarctica caught on our Boxfish ROV

March 14, 2019
360° Video

Octopus sucked onto ROV camera port in Antarctica

March 14, 2019
360° Video

Octopus pulling ROV in Antarctica

March 14, 2019
360° Video

Seal playing with feather star at 200m depth in Antarctica

March 14, 2019
360° Video

APPLICATIONS

The Boxfish ROV is suited to a wide range of applications from cinematography to science and inspection to education - it is even used for pure fun for our leisure industry! We have built it with everyone in mind...

Underwater Inspection...

Our Boxfish ROV cameras provide incredible detail of subjects in challenging conditions, are easily deployed in a two man team and have unmatched active stabilization. We know that ease of use, without need for specialist training, is mission critical.

Boxfish ROV provides industry-leading stability, live streaming ultra-high definition (UHD) video and very accurate control. These key attributes combined with mission specific sonar and navigation configurations allow superior methods for conducting subsurface 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 & Education...

The Boxfish ROV provides performance on par with much larger working class ROV’s in terms of stability, modularity 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, the option to install manipulators and sampling systems further increase the range of possible missions. 

Underwater Cinematography...

Before the Boxfish ROV, underwater filmmakers have struggled 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. However, they have multiple disadvantages, such as dive time restrictions, steadiness, and restrictions on depth and access to remote locations. On top of the issues associated with divers, there is also the need for multiple takes, this is due to the captured footage only being able to 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 & Charter Operations...

Boxfish ROV is perfect for charter boat operators or superyacht owners looking to WOW guests and to give them super easy access to the world beneath their boats (including practical inspections).

The Boxfish ROV allows any guest (even kids), 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.

  • Easy to master and operate
  • A Low lifetime cost of ownership
  • High-quality video output
  • Able to enjoy a drink & see underwater, without getting wet
  • 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 maneuvrability. Extremely stable, maneuverable 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 temperature
Lighting:
  • Forward: 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
Cameras:
  • Main Camera: 4K UHD uncompressed (16-47mm equiv. f/1.8 lens, 1" sensor)
  • Forward navigation:  FHD, 1080 lines, 30 fps, 180-degree horizontal view (not available with all primary camera/lens combinations)
  • Reverse navigation: 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