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"remotely operated underwater vehicle"

Definition #1 for "remotely operated underwater vehicle"

A remotely operated underwater vehicle, commonly referred to as an ROV, is a tethered underwater vehicle. They are common in deep water industries such as offshore hydrocarbon extraction. While the traditional abbreviation "ROV" stands for remotely operated vehicle, one must distinguish it from remote control vehicles operating on land or in the air. ROVs are unoccupied, highly maneuverable, and operated by a crew aboard a vessel. They are linked to the ship by either a neutrally buoyant tether or, often when working in rough conditions or in deeper water, a load-carrying umbilical cable is used along with a tether management system. The TMS is either a garage-like device which contains the ROV during lowering through the splash zone or, on larger work-class ROVs, a separate assembly which sits on top of the ROV. The purpose of the TMS is to lengthen and shorten the tether so the effect of cable drag where there are underwater currents is minimized. The umbilical cable is an armored cable that contains a group of electrical conductors and fiber optics that carry electrical power, video, and data signals between the operator and the TMS.


Definition #2 for "remotely operated underwater vehicle"

A type of underwater vehicle and product created and designed in various colors, camera, components, instruments, lights, materials, mechanisms, motors, pumps, shapes, sizes, software, styles, technology and tools used to operate underwater, operated, maintained and used accurately according to the product manufacturer design and instructions.


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