Courtesy of Open ROV



Trident is a tethered underwater drone that provides underwater imaging useful for mapping the ocean floor and providing visual access to hard-to-reach places. This is a great option for collecting data on protected marine populations within MPAs.

Small but mighty: The Trident is small enough to fit in a backpack or under an airplane seat and is made of durable materials suited for water exploration.

Stay connected: The Trident communicates via its tether to a towable buoy on the surface, since radio waves do not travel well in water. The buoy then connects to the pilot via long-range WiFi signal and sends the information received from the UUV. The user then connects to the buoy to control the Trident using a tablet or laptop from a boat or from the shore. The Trident is sold with a WiFi-equipped buoy and a 25m cord.

Under the hood: OpenROV uses open source software to develop and upgrade the Trident, and offers additional software plugins so that users can change the look and feel of the piloting experience. The open source software has created a growing OpenROV community that work together to explore, design and develop more sophisticated code for UUV.


Length: 400mm
Weight: 2.9kg
Speed: 2m/second
Endurance: 3 hours
Depth: 100m

First shipment will be released November 2016.
  • Company: Open ROV

  • Type: Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUV)

  • Direct Cost: $1499

  • Indirect Cost: A hard case and a 100m tether (ships with a 25m tether).

  • Link: Product Website

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