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VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender system equipped with Sarcos Guardian Sea Class robotic system with dexterous arm. Image courtesy VideoRay


With more than 4,000 vehicles delivered worldwide, VideoRay is a leading inspection-class underwater robot manufacturer. VideoRay’s Mission Specialist systems are designed to easily integrate accessories and tooling, which enables capabilities optimized toward customers’ missions. Through close partnerships with third-party organizations, we maintain an understanding of emerging technologies and their potential benefits to our customers, ensuring they retain an advantage in their field.

The Mission Specialist Pro 5 is designed for performance when size, speed, and efficiency matter most. Weighing in at just 10 kg (22 lbs.), the three-thruster system has a forward speed of over 4.4 knots and a 305-meter depth limit. This system is easy to transport and is ideally suited for missions with space, weight, and deployment constraints.

The Mission Specialist Defender is VideoRay’s largest and most powerful system, weighing in at 17.2 kg (38 lbs.) It has been optimized for precise control and heavier payloads, making it ideal for lifting or conducting specialized operations. The system is highly adaptable, allowing for innovative payloads that vastly expand its capabilities despite its compact size. The Defender’s impressive seven thrusters can handle currents up to four knots at depths of up to 1,000 meters.

Blue Robotics

Blue Robotics designs, manufactures, and sells components for marine robotics. It started in 2014 with the release of our T100 and T200 Thrusters and have since grown a product line of over 350 products ranging from watertight enclosures to cable penetrators to control electronics to batteries. Its products range from propulsion to vehicles to sonar, and we are official sponsors of the MATE ROV Competition, the RoboNation RoboSub/RoboBoat/RobotX competitions, the Singapore AUV Challenge, to name a few. Our 25,000 sqft manufacturing facility has state of the art tools, a high degree of quality control, and a manufacturing team with constant attention on improvement.

Blue Robotics has a broad product line now with many different types of technology, including the BlueBoat USV.

The BlueBoat is a 1.2 meter long surface vessel with a unique weedless design and a price point that blows the competition out of the water. Like our BlueROV2, the BlueBoat is fully capable and useful on its own, but is designed for users to make their own modifications and additions. It has open-source electronics and software and a hull that has many mounting points for user-added sensors and hardware.


Hydromea is focusing on miniaturization and automation of underwater robotics solutions for the operators of submerged assets. Having its roots in developing swarm-capable mini-AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles), the company has deep expertise and significant IP in smart miniature construction of robust inspection robots EXRAY, high-bandwidth underwater wireless communication technology LUMA, hubless ultra-thin thrusters DISKDRIVE, distributed networking, autonomy features and many other cutting-edge features that differentiates its inspection robotic solution from other alternatives in the market.

Breaking new ground in the realm of mini-ROVs, the EXRAY ROV system offers an extension option with a flyout robot. This detachable companion can be fully controlled remotely, complete with live HD video streaming, eliminating the risk of entanglement. The topside control station enables the pilot to place the tethered ROV in station-keeping mode, where it acts as a communication relay for the flyout as well as a third eye providing an additional perspective. With a quick manual switch, the pilot can effortlessly alternate between the tethered and untethered robot. The flyout can be equipped with a metal thickness probe featuring A-scan functionality and is capable of hosting a variety of other payloads, just like its tethered twin. To operate the flyout wirelessly,

JW Fishers Mfg

JW Fishers Mfg. was founded by the late Jack Fisher in the 1960’s. Handheld underwater metal detectors were the basis of foundation for the brand, but quickly advanced into a full array of underwater search equipment. Today the extensive line of product includes hand-held and boat-towed metal detectors, magnetometers, underwater HD video systems, ROVs, sonar systems, acoustic pingers & receivers, pipe & cable trackers, a sub bottom profiler system and the Pulse 8X underwater metal detector recognized #1 by US Homeland Security.

JW Fishers once again has raised the bar in 2023 by introducing the SeaLion-3 ROV with 2x as many thrusters for horizontal movement, and is twice as powerful as its predecessor. The four vectored thrusters allow horizontal motion in any direction, and the ability to rotate-in-place. Vertical power is also increased, with three thrusters for diving and lifting. The unique vertical thruster placement also provides the ability to adjust pitch and trim of the ROV. The SeaLion-3 is depth rated to 1000 ft. with the option of up to 1500 ft. of tether. The SeaLion-3 has two full HD video cameras and recording capability. The new topside console has two monitors for viewing and controlling the ROV. The top monitor is a large 15-in. screen for viewing the 1080p videos from either camera, or both using the picture-in-picture. Sensor readings and navigation information can also be displayed on either screen.

Cellula Robotics

Cellula Robotics Ltd. is a privately owned, Canadian marine technology company focused on revolutionizing underwater security through advanced Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems.

Cellula Robotics achieved a milestone with the commencement of sea trials for its Solus-XR XLUUV project. The project, which was initiated in early 2023, signifies a pivotal step forward in the company's quest to develop state-of-the-art, long-range autonomous underwater systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The Solus-XR XLUUV project builds upon the success of its predecessor, Solus-LR, and has been meticulously engineered to achieve unparalleled operational capabilities, boasting a range of 5,000 km. This capability not only redefines the realm of AUV capabilities but also positions Cellula's offerings as solutions for sustainable underwater security, advanced research endeavors, and groundbreaking exploration missions.

One of the defining features of Cellula's Solus-XR XLUUV is its stature, spanning 40 feet in length. This substantial size accommodates the incorporation of two highly customizable payload bays, each with a capacity of 2,500 liters. Such versatility ensures that the Solus-XR XLUUV can be adeptly tailored to suit a wide spectrum of mission requirements, ranging from intricate surveillance ventures to intricate equipment deployments.

Copenhagen Subsea

Copenhagen Subsea A/S is a pioneering force in thruster technology, offering powerful and silent subsea thrusters. Our products seamlessly integrate technical excellence and captivating design, delivering reliable and innovative solutions. With cutting-edge manufacturing techniques like 3D printing for propellers, we ensure the highest quality and performance in our thruster technology.

Latest innovation from Copenhagen Subsea is the enhanced Gorilla ROV, now equipped with an advanced 3D camera system. By integrating a 3D camera from Danish UVision, we have unlocked a new level of subsea exploration and inspection capabilities. With this cutting-edge technology, the Gorilla ROV now has the ability to capture highly accurate and detailed 3D scans of underwater environments. The 3D camera, mounted on the Gorilla, enables the creation of precise 3D models, providing invaluable insights for various applications. The 3D camera delivers exceptional image quality and resolution. Its advanced scanning capabilities allow for rapid data acquisition and precise measurements, ensuring accuracy in subsea mapping and inspection tasks. With the Gorilla ROV and its integrated 3D camera, subsea operators can now visualize underwater structures, assess damages, and plan interventions with greater precision than ever before.

Saab Seaeye

For more than 35 years, our technology has led the industry with innovative solutions that are trusted to perform complex tasks in the most challenging environments on the planet. A wholly owned subsidiary of Saab UK, over 80% of our systems are exported to markets that span the globe with vehicles operating in more than 75 countries in a dozen market segments. At the core of our all-electric technology ecosystems are intelligent control architectures that enable real-time system control and feedback from the heart of every subsystem. Our robotic systems range from the top-rated and highly-portable Falcon, to our newest deep-rated work system eWROV, fitted with two seven-function all-electric work-class manipulators, and the hybrid tethered/autonomous Sabertooth, renowned for finding Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’. Saab Seaeye is certified by DNV to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001.

Teledyne Webb Research (TWR)

The Slocum glider produced by Teledyne Webb Research (TWR) is the genesis of all present ocean gliders. Slocum gliders carry the largest number and greatest variety of payloads of any glider AUV. The Slocum glider is designed to be a sensor platform with a dry modular center payload bay. Wetted bays in the bow and stern provide more opportunities for sensor loading. This modularity along with the energy efficient buoyancy propulsion system provides the Slocum with a most flexible system for integrating sensors for optimal ocean observation.

The Slocum glider is buoyancy driven to enable long range and duration remote water column observation for academic, military, and commercial applications. The Slocum Glider can be deployed and recovered from any size vessel with minimal time on station.

Once the Slocum glider is deployed, it can easily be controlled from anywhere in the world through the use of web based piloting tools. This allows fleets of gliders to be operated remotely with minimal personnel and infrastructure.

Slocum gliders are modular, allowing for rapid sensor reconfiguration to respond to emergency conditions or situations. Over 40 sensors and other options are available to address a wide variety of ocean conditions and sampling requirements.

Greensea IQ

Greensea IQ completed a demonstration of a prototype Autonomous EOD Maritime Response Vehicle (AEMRV) for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and US Navy. Using the advanced capabilities of OPENSEA Edge, the system provides the computing resources needed to power edge perception systems and advanced autonomous behaviors of EOD Workspace, allowing human-on-the-loop autonomy and untethered command and control over the ROV platform. The demonstration took place over several days in the open ocean off the coast of San Diego, featuring a fully integrated OPENSEA Edge-driven untethered ROV, a VideoRay MSS Defender modified by Greensea IQ to include batteries and an acoustic modem. During the demonstration real world tasks were demonstrated by autonomously searching the environment for threats utilizing acoustic communications.

This demonstration highlighted the autonomy system for EOD Workspace, Greensea IQ's robot agnostic software platform for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations. It also showcased Safe C2, Greensea IQ's communication platform for long-range standoff command and control of autonomous ocean robots, both integrated within the OPENSEA Edge modular, hardware-agnostic system.

December 2023