Having tried FPV at sea, I don’t recommend it for anyone without the strongest of stomachs
That makes perfect sense. So far, that hasn’t been a problem for us, but we’ve been in very calm flat conditions; i.e. working from shore or from a pontoon boat in the middle of a lake. Remember, so far we’re just using OpenROV 2.8s, and their three little thrusters don’t to so well in currents, so we’ve been working in really calm conditions. I can certainly see what you’re describing being a problem if the seas get “a little lumpy” (…as someone with better sea legs than I described conditions when I was getting a bit green around the gills.)
Maybe a future implementation, when you’ve gotten tired of swapping out servos!
I’m all about getting useful work done. If that will give us higher reliability, it is worth consideration
Having piloted several BlueROV2s configured as “heavies” - I’d recommend the purchase of an additional two thrusters and escs to upgrade your unit. If carrying a 4L payload, this will greatly enhance your dive and ascent speed - not to mention general drivability for new pilots in offshore, deep conditions. It’s easy to mount them in the holes provided, and simple in QGC to select the 8 thruster configuration.
Wow, I am really glad that I have not already ordered a BlueROV2 before reading your message; I didn’t even know there was an eight thruster, heavy lift configuration. That does sound like a better option than what I was considering. Does this use up any of the three AUX connections, or do you still have all that functionality to run payloads?
I think the chromebooks will runn the QGC app image quite nicely - once they have been configured to be a bit more than a stock chromebook. After all - chrome OS is just google’s linux!
Thanks for the link. I will look it over to see if it seems worth the effort. How are the accessibility options for Ubuntu and whatever x-windows environment they use now days? It is VERY important for us to be able to run a giant mouse pointer on the screen , just so we can find it when daylight makes screen viewing difficult.