Videoray - News - November 8, 2004
US Naval Academy Purchases
VideoRay Underwater Robots
Operated Vehicle Provides Foundation for Coursework;
Replaces ROVs Lost During Hurricane Isabelle;
Exton, PA, November 8, 2004 –
VideoRay announced today that the US Naval Academy
in Annapolis, MD, has purchased two VideoRay Pro
III remotely operated vehicles, each identically
outfitted with a SeaSprite scanning sonar, extension
tether, training, 15-inch picture-in-picture monitor
and manipulator arm valued at over $75,000.
The VideoRay will be used in Midshipman education,
ocean engineering coursework and labs, and faculty
research, according to Commander William Marr,
Ph.D., P.E., of the Naval Architecture & Ocean
Engineering Department at the US Naval Academy.
The VideoRay replaces two ROVs that were destroyed
in Hurricane Isabelle, which swept through Annapolis,
Maryland, last September.
“We were looking for an ROV that was lightweight,
easy to use, and had good capabilities,”
says Dr. Marr, who first saw the VideoRay in operation
during the Underwater Intervention show in New
Orleans last year. “The VideoRay will give
the seniors hands-on training and show them how
well a real ROV system can work.”
The order by the US Naval Academy follows a recent
order by the US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington,
DC for VideoRay micro-ROVs, accessories, and training
totaling $451,405.00 USD.
VideoRay ROVs are the smallest, most portable,
and most responsive remotely operated vehicles
available for underwater surveillance, mapping
ship hulls, underwater investigations, and security
sweeps. Using the VideoRay allows many of these
tasks quickly, reliably, and without the cost,
danger, and delay and disruption of lockouts required
with placing human divers in the water. Weighing
just 8 pounds, the VideoRay can be deployed and
operated by a single person and mobilized in minutes.
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US Naval Academy Contact: W illiam J. (Bill)
Marr, Ph.D., P.E., Commander, U.S. Navy, U. S.
Naval Academy, Naval Architecture & Ocean
Engineering Dept.; ph (410) 293-6425, e-mail email@example.com
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