Development of Voyager I

ROV MAKER started in 2012 when JC Lee began his work with remote control submarine. Voyager I was the first commercial ROV made by the ROV MAKER team.

The two-year work on remodeling the computer-controlled ROV made ROV MAKER team realize that waterproof modularization design, great electronic devices and software are the major causes to hold ROV fans back from the ROV DIY world.

Inspired by real size submarines, ROV MAKER considers a submarine with a ball-shaped canopy looks better and more awesome.


Picture-1: Submarine with a ball-shaped canopy


In December 2016, ROV MAKER applied to Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs for the fund of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) under the category of ROV modularization. The application was approved in February 2017 and the fund we were granted covered 33 percent of the cost for the following six-month research project.

At the start of the project, ROV MAKER set out to design:
(1) Ball-shaped canopy followed by a mockup
(2) Main circuit board and sensor board
(3) Software
(4) Body of Voyager I


With six-month hard work, we assembled the first prototype of Voyager I.

Picture-2: Baroque Control Board


The ROV MAKER team unanimously agreed to refer the hover pilfer of the Japanese animation Great Mazinger. to model the body of Voyager I.

Picture-3: Prototype of Voyager I


Picture-4: Voyager I and batteries


In July 2017, ROV MAKER was permitted to test Voyager I at the Museum of Marine Science & Technology in Keelung. The test was helpful for us to fine tune the software and make sure that Voyager I could work well underwater.




The test done at the Museum of Marine Science & Technology in Keelung shed light on the software and mechanical problems, and work was done about them. Before the deadline of SBIR, we carried out the final test at the Shimen Reservoir in northern Taiwan on July 27th 2017. The videos and data from the test were included in the SBIR report.

On the morning of a summer day, we went on a rented fishing boat to test ROV underwater.

We tested Voyager I at the depths of 20 and 43 meters and came up with the valuable test videos. We went as deep as 43 meters because that is how deep the reservoir can be.


The video underwater is slightly blurry because of the poor water quality of the reservoir after an afternoon shower. Despite this, we obtained very interesting hydrographic data such as water temperature changing with depth.

Voyager I, created from the perspective of a maker, was created utilizing basic components coupled with the self-designed circuit board, IMU board and software. Sincerely the source of power merely involved drones, brushless motors and oars, speed has a lot of room for improvement.

With the close of the SBIR project, ROV MAKER has been working towards developing individual module components. We have completed:
(1) Water proof Asgard module that can go 70 meters under water;
(2) The design of propeller paddles;
(3) Water proof battery case;
(4) The design of the body of Voyager II.

Voyager II is scheduled to make its debut in October 2018. Please keep in touch for more information.

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