Underwater Drones 

At Nido Robotics, we manufacture underwater drones that allow us to perform inspection, maintenance or research efficiently, at very competitive prices, and without putting any human life at risk. They are commonly referred to as underwater ROVs.

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Efficient work

Our drones help companies in the inspection, maintenance and repair of their underwater assets.

Adaptabilidad

Adaptability

We are manufacturers, which allows us to adapt our underwater robots to the needs of each customer.

Seguridad

Security

We offer one of the best alternatives to the great risk that divers take to make deep dives during prolonged periods of time.

Rentabilidad

Profitability

Our ROVs provide a cost-effective alternative for research and underwater inspection. They allow a reduction of CAPEX and OPEX.

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Intelligence to dominate the ocean

The underwater drone with which you can carry out inspection, maintenance and research work. The latest generation engineering with which it has been built allows it to reach depths of up to 300m and record images in real time thanks to its integrated Full HD camera.

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A new way to explore your world

An very easy to transport and handle underwater drone, which surpasses its weight category and allows underwater work to be carried out efficiently, as well as through a complete underwater experience. It reaches depths of up to 100m and has an integrated Full HD camera.

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  • Aquaculture
  • Underwater Research
  • Search and Rescue
  • Ports and Marinas
  • Water Cycle
  • Professional Diving
  • Thermal Power Stations
  • Exploration

Aquaculture

There is no better tool than our underwater drones for the routine inspection of your nets or cages, for feeding control or underwater lights, for net cleaning, species monitoring, the control of different processes or the solution of mort lift problems.

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Underwater Research

Nido Robotics’ underwater drones make research and topography possible in our oceans, rivers and lakes; offering an efficient and profitable alternative for subaquatic research.

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Search and Rescue

 Rescuers risk their lives in every search and rescue operation. Our drones help them having a better knowledge about the situation underwater. This makes the accident rate to drop drastically.

 

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Ports and Marinas

 Dam and bridges inspections have always been arduous and difficult, even dangerous. Hopefully, nowadays Nido Robotics’ underwater drones offer inspection solutions that finish with this risk. Moreover, the drones allow you to extremely reduce the high costs of these inspections.

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Water Cycle

 Our ROVs can make inspections inside potable water tanks, extinguishing-fire tanks and other kinds of water receptacles that require maintenance and periodic inspections.

 Our drones can go into areas where divers can access safely.

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Professional Diving

 Our ROVs are the perfect complement for divers’ work. The drones help them in their maintenance and inspection jobs, increasing their safety.

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Thermal Power Satations

Our underwater drones provide the necessary tools and knowledge for power plants’ planned inspections and maintenances. The ROVs allow you to foresee critical errors that may potentially close the installation or have a negative impact in the environment and human lives.

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Exploration

 If you are a diving lover, wish to explore underwater wonders and admire their beauty; our drones allow you to capture every moment at the same time.

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Low Cost Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles

The ocean covers roughly 71% of the Earth's surface. It not only determines the weather conditions and regulates the temperature, but also provides resources and energy for humanity and the rest of the living species on Earth. However, we have only explored 5% of it. This is mainly due to the lack of affordable technologies that would allow human beings to see and interact in depths that they cannot explore alone.

Since the 1960s, the ROV (Remoted Operated Vehicle) technology has been developed for military applications and for the oil & gas sector. Recently, several companies have begun to use the same concepts to create scaled solutions, within the reach of small companies or research groups (including individuals), which is opening a world of possibilities in many fields of application, such as the aforementioned exploration, inspections in underwater work, monitoring of sea conditions, scientific research, etc.

The concept of ROV consists of an unmanned remotely operated vehicle, which is connected to the control station by an umbilical cable. It is self-propelled by electric motors and different vision systems, sensors or actuators, depending on their application.

The first system that can be classified within the history of underwater robotics is known as the PUV, "Programmed Underwater Vehicle". This system consisted of a torpedo, developed by Luppis-Whitehead Automobile in 1864, which was programmed to achieve certain objectives autonomously. But the first ROV with umbilical cable was developed by Dimitri Rebikoff in 1953, under the name of POODLE.

Since then, the US Navy was the one who promoted the development of technology to a functional state, with the CURV, CURV II and CURV III models, developed for the recovery of test torpedoes and for rescue missions. The most notable achievements of these models were the recovery of a hydrogen bomb on the coast of Palomares, Spain, and the rescue of two pilots of the PISCES III submarine off the coast of Cork, Ireland.

Later, the development focused on the oil & gas sector, extending the depth of work and the use of sonar systems, tools, and other payment charges..

 

ROV parts

In general terms, a ROV consists of one or more watertight compartments where electronics are housed, with one or more cameras, two or more propellers, flotation and ballasting elements, an umbilical cable, and a surface control station. With these elements a basic ROV can be constituted for visual inspections, but more elements are added for more advanced applications, such as acoustic sensors, different types of cameras, robotic arms, bottles for the collection of samples, etc.


The difference between the different categories within this type of vehicle lies in the use of different materials to increase its depth of operation, a more accurate sensorization for positioning.

¿What is an ROV?

An ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) is a remotely operated underwater robot connected to a control unit, a laptop located on the surface, by means of an umbilical cable that exchanges control and video signals from the underwater vehicle. ROVs are always controlled by a pilot who views the video in real time at the ground station. In situations where the vehicle is autonomous and does not require an operator, they usually become devices without an umbilical cable, and are referred to as AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle).
ROVs can also be referred to as underwater drones.

¿Control of ROVs?

They are easy to use, and only require a laptop and a gamepad. They have a quick learning curve due to their intuitive controls such as joysticks, and are easy to configure and operate. Its small size makes it easy to perform an underwater inspection job, without the need of cranes or generators.

Types of ROVs

Traditionally, there are two types of ROV: the so-called Inspection-Class and the Intervention-Class. In other words, those that serve for visual inspections and those that are designed to do heavy work such as drilling, sawing, welding, etc. Due to their weight and size, Nido Robotics underwater drones fall within the Small Inspection-Class sector, or the Handheld-ROVs, which means they are light ROVs that can be deployed by hand, without the need for cranes or other machinery.
Although the ROVs within this category are usually used only for visual inspection purposes, Nido Robotics robots offer several functions that are normally only available in higher categories, such as:

  • Lateral movement capacity, fundamental for the inspection of ships or structures.
  • Omnidirectional stability control (6 Degrees Of Freedom)
  • Space for additional useful pieces (robotic clamp, sonar, water quality sensors, positioning, sample collection, etc.)

What are ROV used for?

The main use of underwater observation ROVs is the inspection of submerged assets. Specifically, they help:

  • Increase the frequency and effectiveness of inspections in aquaculture facilities.
  • Review concrete blocks in ports.
  • Inspect emissaries or long-distance pipes.
  • Accompany divers during risk operations.

Additionally, our ROVs are widely used in the following applications:

  • Search and rescue: sweeping of wide areas with side sweeping sonar or in areas that are difficult to access for security forces.
  • Marine research: Support in the identification of sea beds, measurement of water parameters (pH, ORP, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, temperature), or sampling of water or mud.
  • Recovery of underwater objects (hydrophones, measuring devices, etc.).