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Underwater linear tracking speed?


We are licensed ocean based conservation group operating out of Sydney NSW Australia.

I am a certified aerial drone operator and we have state and federal permits to track and observe whales in our waters for data and research.

What I am interested in is an underwater drone to track and observe as well. Your unit may save me developing a unit.

The primary issue is whales in our region are usually tracking south or north on migration so we need to be moving at their speed. The average speed of tracking is 3-4 knots. So we usually stand off a bit and track sideways with them.

What is the speed of your unit? The tether may also induce drag as well? As a surfer I also notice your unit is not very hydrodynamic for what we would require. I imagine a covering shell and the unit pointing out sideways while we track...that would require the motors being re positioned as well.

Anyhow early days so any thoughts welcome...

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I see the max speed is 2 it possible to add stronger motors?...imagine mounting this unit in a blimp or torpedo shape and placing the motors external like a blimp perhaps..just asking all sorts of questions and if I should go to the forum then


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Hello Robbi,

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I am not sure if you have posted on the forums yet, but you are correct that it would be the best place for this conversation. There are some people in our community that are experimenting with different shapes of the ROV.

I hope this helps because this sounds like an awesome use of the OpenROV. If you have any additional questions please let me know.

-Brian G.

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