Patent Number: 7,707,958

Title: Propulsion and steering mechanism for an underwater vehicle

Abstract: A propulsion system is provided for an underwater vehicle such as a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). Two propellers are independently driven by motors, while the orientation of the propellers is simultaneously controlled by a third motor. A means is provided for reprogramming the control electronics that can be disabled when the vehicle is underwater. The control electronics also provides that all signals including video are transmitted to a base station without requiring coaxial cable.

Inventors: Hawkes; Calvert T. (Sarasota, FL)


International Classification: B63C 11/00 (20060101); B63C 11/48 (20060101); B63C 11/49 (20060101); B63G 8/08 (20060101); B63G 8/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018