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A Wireless Remotely Operated Vehicle Using Acoustic Communication

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For decades, numerous remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) having different shapes and sizes have been designed and implemented. An ROV is typically tethered to a mother ship to obtain power and exchange data. Among ROVs, small-sized ROVs, which can take the place of divers, support a limited working range and consume low power for operation. Since the umbilical cables are troublesome for the movements of ROVs, this paper discusses the design and implementation of a prototype of a small-sized ROV operated by wireless acoustic communication. To support the mobility of the ROV, an acoustic modem equipped with omnidirectional beam pattern was developed. The implemented modem and wireless ROV were tested in a water tank and outdoor environments to verify functional operations and the feasibility for real applications.
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Keywords: acoustic modem; underwater acoustic communication; wireless remotely operated vehicle

Document Type: Technical Note

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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