After a LONG 11 day search, the bodies of two brothers were successfully identified and recovered using a BlueLink STAR System by the State of Utah.
STARS is a moderately modified BlueROV2 Heavy that includes surface power supply, upgraded lifting/recovery load transfer and an integrated multibeam imaging sonar (Gemini 720ik). Both men were pulled up from ~75ft. water depth using the Newton Gripper and BlueLink Power Tether.
We consider this is a fairly significant accomplishment. The idea for the STAR System was to serve this exact role. Only until very recently, a properly configured and equipped ROV system for First Responders (SAR) would cost in the ballpark of +/-$75K. STARS is less than half of that cost and arguably easier to operate and maintain.
This just further proves that the Blue Robotics ROVs and Accessories are NOT “toys” for hobbyists and are very much capable of professional level performance when operated by professionals. Low costs do not always equal low value!!! Thank you to the Blue Robotics Team for continuing to push the accessibility of underwater technology forward.
BlueLink, LLC is an Official Blue Robotics Distributor located in Southern California. www.Blue-Linked.com