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The ROV Luso is a vehicle adapted for science in order to maximise the chances of collecting various types of samples (geological and biological - with different requirements in packaging the samples - sediments and water), as well as a diverse number of sensors which collect and provide in real time key information regarding the physical and chemical characterization of the water bodies where the ROV operates.

The Luso ROV is constantly being updated, so the characterization of the water column, the bottom and the data collection provided by the ROV is constantly being improved. Hence the integration of an inertial navigation system, which integrates information from various sensors to improve the ROV's navigation and positioning. It provides current data, the integration of a high precision acoustic positioning and an Ultra High Definition (4k) camera that provides scientists with "eyes" on the bottom of the amr with better quality and resolution.

After its acquisition the vehicle has already undergone several modifications. Height has been added, allowing the development of a larger sample box, the incorporation of a suction sampler with 5 individual cameras, and an area to store a group of corers. New sensors such as CO2, CH4, turbidity, dissolved oxygen or fluorescence sensors were also incorporated. Specific tools for the ROV were also developed, such as a rock saw, for in situ sampling, (developed in partnership with LARSyS - IST) or new corers with internally designed retention systems (developed in partnership with the company Isonewt).

  • 2 robotic manipulators, the RigMaster and the Titan4 with 5 and 7 functions, respectively. (Specifications: rigmaster and titan-4);

  • High definition video camera (Specifications: argus_HD) and 4K Camera (Specifications: 4kcameraArgus)

  • 10Mpx Camera (Specification: StillCamera)

  • DVL, Doppler Velocity Log, to measure currents, model WorkHorseNavigator 1200 (Specifications: workhorseNav);

  • CTD ((measurement of salinity, temperature and pressure) with fluorescence, dissolved O2 and turbidity sensors (Specifications: SAIVCTD);

  • CH4 and CO2 sensors (Specifications: ControsCH4 e ControsCO2);

  • Compartment for geological and biological samples;

  • Suction sampler with 5 independent sampling chambers;

  • Niskin bottles (2.5l capacity) to collect water samples;

  • Push corers for collecting sediment;

  • Green line lasers, for measuring (Specifications: ImencoLasers);

  • Sonar (Specifications: KongsbergMs1000);

  • Altimeter (Specifications: Kongsberg1007);

  • Depth (Specifications: SAIVDepthMeter);

  • Compass and Gyroscope (Specifications: KVHC100 e KVHDSP3000);

  • USBL - High precision Acoustic positioning system, model HIPAP 352P (Specifications: hipap 352p)

  • Multibeam (Specifications: NorbitWBMS)

  • Inertial Navigation System (Specifications: iXblueINSRovinsNano )

For detailed specifications of the ROV Luso click here.

The ROV Luso is integrated on a platform of European infrastructures to facilitate its access to the scientific community. See platform.

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