FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

New users typically have some basic questions about the MSS ROV Systems. Before getting to the details, this section is provided to address the questions asked most frequently, without having to scan through the manual to find the answers.

If you have questions about a problem with a MSS ROV Systems, see the Diagnostics and Repair section of the Maintenance Guide for more information.

  1. How hard is it to learn how to operate the MSS ROV Systems?

    The MSS ROV Systems is easy to learn to operate. In a few hours, users should be able to pilot the ROV confidently in clear, calm water and know enough about it to maintain it in good condition for years. However, mastering all the knowledge and developing the skills to be able to pilot the ROV in much more demanding situations with near zero visibility and swift current will require more experience. See the Quick Start Instructions for more information.

  2. How deep can the MSS ROV Systems go?

    The rated depth of the MSS ROV Systems is 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

  3. How fast can the MSS ROV Systems go?

    The rated speed of the MSS ROV Systems is 4 knots.

  4. In how much current can the MSS ROV Systems operate?

    While the logical answer seems to be that it can not operate in current faster than the vehicle can go in calm water, operational tactics can be used to operate in current that exceeds the maximum speed of the ROV. See the Piloting in Current section of the Operations Guide for more information.

  5. How much can you pick up with the MSS ROV Systems?

    The MSS ROV Systems manipulator closes with about 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) of force, and the vehicle has the ability to lift about 15 kg (33 pounds). However, if you can grab a secure hold of an object, you can retrieve more weight by pulling on the tether. Items weighing up to 20 kilograms (80 pounds) in water have been successfully retrieved. See the Tether section in the Equipment Guide for more information.

  6. How much tether can you use with the MSS ROV Systems?

    The maximum tether length is about 600 meters (2,000 feet). Tether is like conventional electric extension cords and multiple sections can be plugged in together. Longer tether can be supported using fiber tether. See the Tether section in the Equipment Guide for more information.

  7. How do you adjust the buoyancy and trim of the MSS ROV Systems?

    The buoyancy and trim can be adjusted by adding or removing the ballast weights. See the Pre-Dive Preparations section of the Quick Start Instructions for more information.

  8. Can you record pictures and video from the MSS ROV Systems?

    Pictures and videos can be recorded in digital format on the computer. See the Images and Videos section in the Operations Guide for more information.

  9. How much maintenance is required for the MSS ROV Systems

    The MSS ROV Systems is easy to maintain. There are very few consumable parts, and these have been designed to be as easy to replace as possible. Cleaning the vehicle after each use is one of the most important maintenance requirements.

More Questions?

Additional questions and answers are available online at www.rovfaq.com, which is also linked at the bottom of each page. The online FAQ is updated regularly.


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