Mini ROV | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

Mini ROV

The mini Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an (unmanned) underwater robot that executes visual underwater observations at a depth of up to 125m. Due to the fact that the mini ROV is a relatively light-weight (6.5 kg in air), this instrument is especially used in an environment not affected by currents (e.g. lakes). From a research vessel or quay, the mini ROV is steered by means of a hand console. The incoming data can be followed on that same tablet.

How does a mini ROV work?

The mini ROV is operated by the tablet from a research vessel or along the riverside. Using the tablet, the mini ROV can be operated and the underwater world can be visualized. The camera has a tilt of 150° while it has a horizontally view of up to 250°.

  Movie made by the mini ROV


Usefulness of a mini ROV?

  • The underwater world can be visualized by means of the mini ROV
  • The mini ROV works optimal in an environment that is not susceptible to (strong) currents

Technical details

The mini ROV of VLIZ, has the following technical characteristics:

  • Mini ROV:
    • Dimensions:
      • l x w x h: 306 mm x 306 mm x 370 mm
      • Weight (in air): 6.5 kg
    • Protection: HDPE (high density poly ethylene)
  • Cameras light:
    • Camera tilt: 150°
    • Range of view: 250°
    • Internal light: 5000 Lumen Led array
  • Cable:
    • Length: 200 m
    • Diameter: 4 mm
  • Hand controller:
    • Tablet
    • Recording: MP4, JPEG? H264

All technical details you can find here.

How to borrow the mini ROV?

For more information about our rental service, please contact VLIZ

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the mini ROV of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.