The remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV) for an extremely wide range of operations

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BUDDY is a powerful sensor platform with high adaptability. Its high payload capacity and maximum operating depth is unique in its class and enables an extremely wide range of underwater operations.

It’s perfect for:

  • Underwater maintenance
  • Observation offshore
  • Survey on port infrastructure
  • Scientific exploration

In-depth information

If equipped accordingly, BUDDY can be deployed in very great water depths. The powerful thrusters in the working plane provide tremendous agility and allow stationing even in strong currents or turbulence. The sensor platform offers programmable interfaces for the integration of external sensors, which can be used for all common protocols (e.g. RS232, SPI, UART, Ethernet, I2C, CAN).

BUDDY is portable due to its low dead weight and can be loaded with up to 18 kg payload. In addition, the optional payload level can be detached from the working level in just a few simple steps. Equipped as standard with the adaptive MISSION CONTROL software, BUDDY can be operated intuitively. Just like the entire framework and infrastructure of the system, the user interface can be customized to meet the needs of the operator.

Equipped as standard with …

  • Connection/ interface via media converter to Umbilical
    (optional COAX/ Fiberoptic + Powerline)
  • Main control unit including 1 GB Ethernet PoE++ switch
    (3x 1 GB Ethernet PoE++ ports free)
  • 8.0 kW power hub
  • 6 thruster
  • 360 degree camera system
    (4x full HD cameras, 8x LED spotlights)
  • Operating and planning software MISSION CONTROL
  • Surface control unit: integrated into a portable container module and includes power supply unit, wireless handheld PC with control unit and monitor
  • Requires a 400 VAC power supply
  • Hand-held tether management system

Technical specifications

Depth Rating (msw)
1,000 (option 6,000)
Dimensions (mm)
Length: 1,025
Width: 710
Height: 600 / 955*
*including payload level
Deadweight on air (kg**)
85 / 110 *
*including payload level
**1,000 msw depth rating
Payload (kg)
4.5 / 18*
*including payload level
Thrust (kgf)
forward: 70
lateral: 35
vertical: 25
Speed (knots)
> 2.5
Motion sensing with magnetic position sensors and accelerometer
USBL acoustic navigation and communication
4x full HD stereo cam – 360 degree Multi CAM system
Input Deck unit: 400 VAC (50 Hz)
Input ROV: 800 VDC – max. 10 A
High Output ROV: 50 VDC – max. 25 A
Low Output ROV: 2.5-50 VDC (PoE++) – max. 2.2 A
Umbilical: 1 GB Ethernet over COAX [max. range 1,000 meter]
(optional 10 GB Ethernet over Fiberoptics)
ROV: 1 GB Ethernet with PoE++

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