Orcus Information

Surveyor of Sunken Ships

The ORCUS ROV is capable of surveying to a depth of thirty meters and collecting both debris and biological samples. It uses six SeaBotix thrusters and a user-friendly Xbox controller to easily maneuver underwater. It can lift up to twelve kilograms and can fit into small spaces (43 x 36cm). The ROV utilizes two cameras, one facing forward and one facing down, each with LEDs, allowing for good visualization of the surrounding area even in low light. It also comes with a 30-meter tether with a slip-ring management system allowing for organized coiling and uncoiling of the tether while the ROV is in use.

Project Details

  • Material Cost: $10,800
  • Estimated Retail Value: $30-40k
  • Dimensions: 60 x 43 x 36 cm
  • Weight: 27.2kg
  • Noteworthy Materials
    • High-density Polyurethane Frame
    • Acrylic Cylindrical Pressure Housings
    • SeaBotix BTD150 Motors
    • Syntactic Foam
  • Safety Features
    • Fuses - 2x30amp, 1x10amp
    • Shrouded Motors
    • Emergency Stop
  • Capabilities
    • Dual-feed camera system for efficient scanning and identifying
    • High maneuverability, allows for easy navigation
    • Multifunctional manipulator that allows for collection of both debris and biomaterial
    • 30m tether with slip-ring for easy management and length allows for a large work area
    • Vehicle rated to a depth of 100m
    • Easily deployable, capable of being deployed off a ship
  • Additional technical information
  • Check out a video of a UW startup that used Orcus to demonstrate the capabilities of adaptive near-field wireless charging technology by clicking here!