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Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Get more information on our marine debris collecting prototype here

Here are the first photos of our new underwater drone for collecting marine debris.

Able to go to depths of 100m this marine debris collecting underwater drone can be operated from shore or from a boat. It is portable, weighing 16kg and can combine tools as this image shows - a can and bottle collector that can scoop around 30 small cans and bottles, a rake that moves in and out and a grinder to cut through ghost nets and ropes.

Other interchangeable tools still under development

include a heavy lift bag and grappling hook.

The ROV's Multi-Functional Design:

The ROV has a multi-functional design. It is equipped with a range of features that enable it to tackle various types of marine debris effectively: still in the testing phase this is our first iteration.

Collection Scoop: The ROV's thrusters and electronics are mounted on top of a collection scoop capable of holding 20-30 cans or bottles. This scoop serves as the primary receptacle for the debris.

Rake System: One method employed to capture debris involves a rake that is pulled in and out on twin sliding rails by a T200 motor. This mechanism is designed to efficiently funnel trash into the collection scoop.

Thruster-Wash System: The second approach relies on the thruster wash of two T200 motors mounted in front of the scoop, facing inward at 45 degrees. This setup is intended to guide debris into the collection area with precision.

Cutting Mechanism: To address the persistent problem of ghost nets and abandoned fishing gear, the ROV is equipped with a cutting mechanism. An M200 motor extends a boom with a cutting disc at the end, allowing the ROV to free entangled objects.

Grappling Hook: Future enhancements include the addition of a grappling hook connected to a light rope reel. This feature will enable the ROV to hook onto nets and other objects, allowing them to be pulled up to the surface during retrieval.

Pony Tank and Lift Bag: Further down the development track, a pony tank and lift bag will be added to provide additional lift capacity for the final debris retrieval process.

Next Steps and Call to Action:

While this prototype is nearly finished, there is still much work to be done to make it a fully functional entity. However, the potential it holds to combat marine debris is significant, with your help. . Here's how you can get involved and support this initiative:

Share Your Reactions: Share your thoughts and reactions to this innovative ROV on social media platforms using the hashtag #CleanOceansNow.

Provide Feedback: Here at Down Deep Drones we are always striving to make the best ROVs possible to deal with some of the planets environmental problems and we would very much value your suggestions on how we can improve.

Spread the Word: Share this blog and information about the ROV with your network. Encourage others to join the effort to combat marine debris.

By actively engaging with this project, we can collectively work towards cleaner oceans and a brighter future for our planet. Together, we can turn the tide on marine debris and inspire others to explore the potential of ROVs in environmental solutions.

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