Moving right along! (Trident Kickstarter Update #18)

Original post : January 30, 2017

Hello everyone,

This will be a relatively short update, but we think you’ll enjoy it!

Update summary:

  • We're still on track to begin shipping pre-orders this summer.
  • All the parts for our first prototype “EVT” units have arrived and we plan to build them up this week.
  • We have some new footage captured with a Trident prototype in Hawaii.

First and foremost, we’ve received the Engineering Validation Test (“EVT”) prototypes that we will use in the coming month to validate our final hardware and production design. The EVT models are pretty much the final design we’re committing to for production, and they will be the best-performing vehicles we’ve flown yet. Having nine of these vehicles in flying condition will allow us to do much more in-depth field testing and should also give us more opportunities to capture photos and video to share with the world. This was an exciting image for us to see, and we hope you’ll like it too!

OpenROV Trident
Nine "EVT" Tridents awaiting assembly

Having new prototype units around the lab has given us more opportunities to take vehicles to different places and put the design through rigorous tests in varying environments. Given all of that, we're even more excited by the potential for the Trident - it really is fun to fly! Here's a video from tests we did in Hawaii last weekend:

As mentioned above, we are still on track to ship pre-orders in the order they were received starting this summer. We will send out notifications with specific shipping information for each order once production starts.

As always, please feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the project. We look forward to keeping you posted as we move into production!