Deep Ocean Engineering has formally launched the latest edition to its highly successful Vector ROV Family. The Vector T4 follows the introduction in 2007 of the L4 and in 2008 of the M5, both of which are in service worldwide. Utilizing a common Graphical User Interface (GUI) Operating System, a common proprietary brushless thruster design and many other common parts, the Vector is the only family of observation-class ROVs that can operate to depths of 1000m while accommodating significant payload for a suite of tools and sensors.
The T4 is the logical successor to the Triggerfish ROV that was first introduced in 2003 and is in service in several countries. The T4 is not only lighter in weight and more powerful than the Triggerfish; it is also nearly 200mm or 9 inches shorter in length. In addition to being lighter than all comparable ROVs, it also has the greatest thrust to weight ratio in its class, can operate in more current than any comparable ROV on the market and boasts the highest payload.
Another important innovation for the T4 is the use of a rugged laptop, manufactured by GETAC, to replace the traditional heavy console that is typical with many ROVs. The rugged laptop, a favorite of the law enforcement and military markets, has enabled Deep Ocean to introduce cutting edge software and other innovations not available on most other ROV platforms. The T4 will also come standard with the latest generation of dimmable LED lights manufactured by Deep Sea Power & Light to dramatically improve performance, reliability and enable alternative lighting patterns to reduce camera back scatter by as much as 90%.
Sales activity for the T4 is quite strong in anticipation of first deliveries at the end of August. Deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2009 are forecast to be in the double digits and by 2010; the T4 is anticipated to be Deep Ocean's best selling ROV.