OpenROV Trident Is The Underwater Drone You’ve Been Waiting for

The drone culture, if we’re allowed to call it that way, is getting better by the day. Gone are the days when Unmanned Aerial Vehicles were there to spy on the enemy’s strategic positions on the battlefield. It’s all about exploration, discovery and the random spying-on-your-neighbor these days. But what if we could do the same things underwater instead?
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Ocean exploration, for instance, takes a lot of manpower, namely a lot of water crafts to work together preferably at the same time. And even if we were to have them all diving under the same roof, mapping it all, we’d still be a long way to getting a proper idea about what lies there. Put it this way, the ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 percent of the planet’s water, yet more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored.

Hey, space exploration must go full gear, but we say humans should begin getting properly wet too. Before that happens on a high enough scale that it will change a thing or two, we could use this underwater drone created by the funny programmers at Open ROV. They started this campaign about four years ago, asking fellow programmers, drone enthusiasts and regular geeks to share a helping hand and create a perfect underwater drone.

Not only did it work, but there’s this big community out there working together on improving the current underwater drone. Their plan is to offer enthusiasts the chance to explore the underwater world themselves, no matter if they are professionals or amateurs. Here’s how they describe their creation on the ongoing Kickstarter campaign:

Trident has a unique design that combines the versatility and control of an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and the efficiency of an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). It can fly in long, straight survey lines called "transects" as well as perform delicate maneuvers in tight spaces, all while maintaining a sleek and powerful form factor.


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