HRI unveils new line of ROVs

Hawkes Remotes Inc. (HRI) has unveiled its initial product lineup, a family of three different ROVs, which incorporates new proprietary fiber-optic tether technology and high energy-density batteries.

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POINT RICHMOND, California -- Hawkes Remotes Inc. (HRI) has unveiled its initial product lineup, a family of three different ROVs, which incorporates new proprietary fiber-optic tether technology and high energy-density batteries.

The ROVs feature the company’s newly developed SpiderOptic technology, which use thin armored fiber-optic tethers that pay out as the vehicles move. HRI’s SpiderOptic cartridge systems will be available in single-use (disposable) and reusable configurations, and are designed to be easily and quickly swappable in the field, the company says.

HRI is currently developing three different ROV models for launch in 2011. The company’s first vehicle, the U-11000, is scheduled for release in 1Q 2011 and will be optimized for long-range survey, observation, and light intervention. The U-11000 will have a range of as long as 20 km (12-mi) from its launch point, allowing it to be deployed from shore or from an ocean platform.

HRI’s next two ROVs will be launched in the second half of 2011, and will include
the T-6500, designed for a broad range of tasks below the launch point, and the F-11000, a hybrid AUV/ROV model, with up to 6 knots forward thrust and a large payload for sensory and survey equipment.
10/04/2010

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