SeaMouse ROV (2002)I have been much enamoured with small, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for undersea exploring for a long time. Couple this with a bad habit of saying to myself, "Someone had to build the first one of those, and my technology is at least as good as theirs" (this usually happens when I am looking at something like the first light bulb or the Wright Flyer). As it turns out, I did the same thing when I started paying close attention to the ROVs used to look at shipwrecks and such.
The book is targeted at the middle school level, but I think it is perfect for the weekend hobbyist. The best part of it (for me) are the COMPLETE PLANS for two ROVs. These provide a great starting point to learn the ropes of building your own ROV, and should give me the experience I need to build the more complicated one I have always had in mind.
SeaMouse is my first ROV endeavour, more or less following the Bohm and Jensen plans for their SeaPerch.
SeaMouse ConstructionROV DESIGNATION: SeaMouse
DRY MASS: *** kg
POWER: 12V DC, Vector
VEC019AC Rechargable Power Supply
I more or less followed the plans as outlined in the Bohm and Jensen book, with several modifications to suit the materials I could find for the project, described below.