Nova Ray- News - March 16, 2004
Kirkland, WA -- Nova Marine Exploration,
Inc., as a result of its extensive experience
in commercial underwater exploration and recovery
saw the need to improve the economic and, more
importantly, the operating characteristics of
existing submersible ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)
Nova Ray, Inc. (a subsidiary of Nova Marine Exploration,
Inc.), was founded to develop and market a submersible
ROV that could:
* – Operate in high current conditions
(up to 10 mph) such as those found in ports, harbors,
rivers, and inlets.
* – Operate as a towed vehicle or operated
using its own onboard thrusters.
* – Be able to operate in depths to 300
* – Operate in remote areas such as rivers
* – Be easily transported.
* – Be affordable.
* – Be easily adaptable to various conditions
* – Be rapidly deployed.
* – Be equipped with TV monitor and be able
to include sonar.
* – Have remotely controlled robotic capabilities.
* – Be controlled via digital operating
system using a joy-stick, lap-top computer, or
The Nova Ray® submersible ROV was the answer.
The Nova Ray ROV achieves its stability from its
Arcuate wing and is controlled by flaps and a
rudder actuated by the Ultra Motion, LLC “Inner
Space” linear actuators.
The Ultra Motion “Inner Space” actuator
was selected because it can withstand pressures
of extreme depths and is compact, responsive,
highly reliable, and cost effective. The body
and the bellows of the “Inner Space”
linear actuators are oiled filled which keeps
internal and external pressures equalized and
water out of the actuator. Please see the attached
Product Release for the Ultra Motion “Inner
Space” linear actuator.
This side view of the NovaRay ROV shows the Ultra
Motion “Inner Space” linear actuator
that is used to operate the rudder.
The compact size and quick deployment capabilities
of the Nova Ray® submersible ROV allows it
to be operated from an inflatable boat or small
harbor patrol craft, making it ideal for Search
and Rescue or Search and Recovery operations.
The Nova Ray® submersible ROV is also ideally
suited for inspection of underwater gas and oil
pipe lines, telecommunication cables, dams, bridges,
piers, reservoirs, environmental studies, mineral
prospecting, and treasure hunting.
With 1,000,000 plus miles of coast line and navigable
waterways, the Nova Ray® submersible ROV is
being considered for a strategic role in homeland
security. It is well suited for protecting infrastructures
such as bridges and dams from underwater terrorism
and for ship hull inspections.
The Nova Ray® submersible ROV is equipped
with dual quartz lights and a high resolution
TV camera with adjustable tilt. Forward and side
scan sonar are available options. The Nova Ray®
submersible ROV can also be fitted with robotic
This new series of compact “Inner Space”
linear actuators developed by Ultra Motion, are
capable of operating at the very deepest part
of the world’s oceans. Developed for use
on unmanned submersible vehicles, such as the
NovaRay ROV, these compact lightweight actuators
provide up to 100 lbs. of force and can be mounted
outside of the submersible, eliminating the need
for complicated linkage and concerns about seals.
Ultra Motion is a manufacturer and supplier of
high precision electromechanical mini-linear actuators
and matching controllers. Generating high forces,
they are the ideal alternative to hydraulic and
pneumatic systems. Typically, these clean and
quiet, high performance mini-linear actuators
are selected for low to moderate power applications
when high precision and reliability are important
requirements. Using state-of-the-art materials,
they are lightweight and very cost effective.
For additional information on “Inner Space”
linear actuators please phone or fax Ultra Motion,
225 East Side Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952, Tel:
(631) 298-9179, Fax: 631/298-6593 or visit the
Ultra Motion Website at - http://www.ultramotion.com
and say, "I saw it in MotionShop.com"