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Next-Generation ROV Launched

Published: 04 Jun 2021 by

Blueye X3 ROV

Blueye Robotics has launched the X3, the third model in the company’s Blueye range of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). The new system features three ports for connecting external peripherals such as sonars, manipulators, sensors, cameras and lights. Featuring seamless integration with Blueye’s user-upgradeable Blunux operating system, the X3 has been designed to be future-proof and easy to use.

New features of the X3 ROV include:

  • Three Guest Ports supporting eight different communication protocols for integrating external equipment
  • Complete software integration in the Blueye App for grippers and manipulators
  • Support for navigation and positioning systems such as Waterlinked DVL and GPS, and different sonars from Blue Robotics, Impact Subsea, and Blueprint Subsea
  • Blueye External-Camera and Blueye External-Lights (up to 10.000 lumens) which can be positioned in different directions and are software integrated within the Blueye App
  • A new aluminum mounting bracket serving as a platform for adding external equipment

Additional upgrades for the Blueye X3 are also available. These include the Blueye High-Capacity battery, which offers 5 hours of operating time, and a second-generation Surface Unit upgraded with USB-C charging and improved waterproofing and tether connection. Both products are compatible with existing Blueye ROV models.

Christian Gabrielsen, CEO of Blueye Robotics, said: “The X3 strengthens Blueye’s position as the provider of the most stable underwater camera, the most comprehensive software integration, and the lowest cost over the product lifetime. It’s future-proof.”

Jørgen Berge, Professor, Dept. Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, commented: “The X3 will allow us to plug in additional equipment and sensors. I think that is the main advantage of this new model – it’s not just a camera unit but can be used as a sensor-carrying platform.”

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