Remotely Operated Vehicle - ROV - Team 15A

3-D CAD Image of our ROV


Advanced Remote Controlled Hydrodynamic Explorer of Logistics & Oceanic Navigator


The oceanic depths present a vast and seemingly boundless environment, where the occurrence of shipwrecks not only represents a catastrophic event but also often results in the loss of precise location data, leading to significant adverse outcomes. The exploration of these underwater sites by human divers entails considerable risks, making it an endeavor fraught with danger. In contrast, robotic intervention offers a more efficient and cost-effective solution for such underwater explorations. This research proposes the development of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with navigational capabilities, visual systems for underwater observation, and mechanical appendages such as claws or arms for object manipulation. The investigation into the potential of underwater vehicles aims to lay a foundational framework for future adaptations of the proposed design, specifically for applications in shipwreck detection and imaging within marine environments as well as object retrieval.

Goal and Objectives

  • Define problem and brainstorm solution (Week3)
  • Design an ROV capable of navigating at a depth of 12 feet (Week 4)
    • ​Concept Generation
    • Sketches
  • ROV to move with 3 degrees of freedom (Week 10)
  • ROV shall be controlled remotely with the use of a tether (Week 10)
  • Shall house a camera to be able to see underwater (Week 10)
  • The ROV shall also include a net to be able to pickup a metal object from the water (Week 10)
  • Pass the buoyancy test (Week 10)
  • Analysis of Main Components (Week 10)

Creative Endeavors

Although the team has a more general ROV design there was research done and hopes to incorporate an innovative design incorporating biomimicry into our project. An example of this was to mimic the propulsion of the KnifeFish which possesses an undulating system. Ideas like this proved to improve efficiency however we were not able to move forward with due to a lack of resources. In the future, it would be highly suggested, with the right resources to pursue this type of endeavor.

Team Contacts

Zaid Khan :

Hassan Elquosey :

Eric Friestedt :

Hamza Hanif :

Nicholas Nielsen :

Xuejun Hong :



Dr. Sherif Hassaan :



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