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Deep Drone 7200 - 8000, Remotely Operated Vehicle


Introduction (From of chinfo.navy.mil web site):

Description: Deep ocean recovery vehicle. Background: The Deep Drone is a 7,200-foot depth rated Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The system is designed to meet the Navy's needs for deep ocean recovery. The system is air transportable on military cargo aircraft and is designed to operate from various ships.
Features: The operator can control the ROV in all six degrees of freedom. Auto-control functions are provided for depth, altitude, and heading. The vehicle is capable of functioning with both long and short baseline bottom navigation systems. The vehicle uses electric propulsion, giving it a low noise signature. It carries a target locating sonar and has two manipulators capable of working with tools and attaching rigging. For photographic documentation, the vehicle has a 35mm still camera and both black and white and color television cameras that produce quality videotape. Electrical power for the system is provided by a diesel generator or the power system of the supporting ship if it is compatible.
For special operations, the ROV can accommodate custom, skid-mounted tool packages. These packages could include, but are not limited to, trenchers, specialized salvage tools, and instrument packages or other mission-oriented equipment.

Specifications: Primary Function: Deep sea underwater recovery.
Maximum Operating Depth: 7,200 ft (2,194.56 m)
Length: 9 ft 3 in (2.8194 m)
Width: 4 ft 7 in (1.397 m)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.8796 m)
Propulsion: electrical
Lift Capacity: 3,200 lbs (1,451.52 kg)
Payload: 300 lbs (136.08 kg)
Speed: 3 knots (5.559 km/hr)


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Deep Drone 34kCommemorative post mark from the Grapple (ARS-53) on the occassion of Naval Sea Systems Command Deep Submergence Vessel "Deep Drone" finishing the sad work of recovering the remains of TWA Flight 800 which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off of Long Island on 18 July 1996 while heading for Paris. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Deep Drone 306kAboard Grapple (ARS 53) Lee Wolford, program manager of the Deep Drone team, inspects and tests the Remotely-Operated Vehicle's mechanical equipment. The Deep Drone ROV was used to recover EgyptAir's flight data recorder. USN photo N-9407M-507 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Isaac D. Merriman, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
Deep Drone 59kMembers of the Deep Drone team on board Grapple (ARS-53) operate the drone through the debris in search of EgyptAir 990's cockpit voice recorder. USN photo N-9407M-505 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Isaac D. Merriman, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
Deep Drone 256kMembers of the U.S. Navy's Supervisor of Salvage task force conduct a wet check on the Deep Drone Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), aboard the Navy salvage and rescue ship Grapple (ARS-53) . The Deep Drone has located the pingers from the voice/data recorders of EgyptAir Flight 990. USN photo N-1110A-505 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Mate 1st Class Tina M. Ackerman, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
Deep Drone 271kNaval Sea Systems Command Deep Submergence Vessel "Deep Drone" is loaded onboard the Pearl Harbor-based auxiliary rescue and salvage ship Salvor (ARS-52) on 16 February 2001. Upon completion of inport operational testing, Salvor will get underway and join the Motor Vessel C-Commando off the coast of Oahu. USN photo by Seaman Tim Walsh, courtesy of cincipac.navy.mil.
Deep Drone 529kMembers of the 89th Aerial Port Squadron (APS), Andrews AFB, and 32nd APS Air Reserve Squadron, Pittsburgh, Pa., prepare to load Deep Drone 8000 onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston, South Carolina. The U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) is deploying a Deep Drone 8000 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), capable of operating at a depth up to 8000 feet. The Deep Drone 8000 has a target locating sonar and two tool manipulators capable of working with tools and attaching rigging. The Navy and Air Force are transporting Deep Drone in an effort to assist the rescue of seven Russian Sailors trapped on the ocean floor in a mini-submarine off the Kamchatka Peninsula, 5 August 2005.U.S. Air Force photo F-M8968-002, by SSgt Christopher J. Matthews, courtesy of cincipac.navy.mil.
Deep Drone 553kMembers of the 89th Aerial Port Squadron (APS), Andrews AFB, and 32nd APS Air Reserve Squadron, Pittsburgh, Pa., load Deep Drone 8000 support equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston, South Carolina, 5 August 2005. U.S. Air Force photo F-M8968-010, by SSgt Christopher J. Matthews courtesy of cincipac.navy.mil.
Deep Drone 286kMembers of the 89th Aerial Port Squadron (APS), Andrews AFB, and 32nd APS Air Reserve Squadron, Pittsburgh, Pa., load Deep Drone 8000 support equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston, South Carolina, 5 August 2005. U.S. Air Force photo F-M8968-015, by SSgt Christopher J. Matthews courtesy of cincipac.navy.mil.



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