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Boxfish Alpha

An Indispensable Tool for Asset inspection, Observation and Light Intervention Tasks

A reliable and versatile best-in-class ROV for asset inspection and light intervention work at depths of up to 300m. Customised to optimise functionality but reduce cost, Boxfish Alpha delivers 4K live video, 20MP stills, 6x true 4K zoom, 3-12 hours power endurance, and is upgradeable with up to three sensors.

  • Boxfish Alpha
Boxfish Research
234A Orakei Road
1050 Auckland
New Zealand
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The Boxfish Alpha is a next-generation underwater drone for asset inspection, observation and light intervention work. Built using many of the same components as the 1000m Boxfish ROV, Alpha is a versatile and remotely operated vehicle for getting work done. The ROV has been customised the product to streamline underwater inspection tasks and reduce costs while retaining functional flexibility.

The 4K primary camera and precision controls enable the Boxfish Alpha to easily navigate underwater environments even in poor visibility, allowing the operator to get close to underwater assets and objects. Imaging and scanning sonars can assist when water clarity is less than deal, and profiling sonars enable the creation of detailed 3D models. High-quality 20MP stills may also be used to produce digital twins of underwater assets (photogrammetry).

Boxfish Alpha provided support in accomplishing many maintenance tasks by adding optional manipulators, such as line cutters, grabbers, and jaws. When using these tools, it’s essential to have complete control of the host vehicle, especially in unpredictable underwater conditions such as current and low visibility. Boxfish Alpha’s innovative eight 3D vectored thrusters layout, which gives the ROV six degrees of freedom of movement, enables this.

Feature Highlights

Portable and Easy to Deploy

The Boxfish Alpha is portable, user-friendly, and easy to operate, meaning the vehicle can be quickly deployed underwater with minimal preparation and setup time. While small and lightweight, its stable, well-balanced design and eight vectored thrusters ensure Boxfish Alpha has the perfect pairing of power and manoeuvrability to navigate strong currents in challenging underwater conditions. 

Highly Stable and Manoeuvrable

Boxfish Alpha offers complete auto stabilisation, pilot assist, and precision control like Boxfish Research’s other ROVs. Thanks to the eight-thruster layout design, the vehicle has six degrees of freedom of movement, which means it can travel and orient itself in any direction. Boxfish Alpha gives inspectors a powerful tool for getting into and working in tight spaces not accessible or visible with traditional ROV designs.

Optimal Lighting

The lighting system, consisting of two 5,000 lumens lights mounted on moveable arms, offers optimal illumination for asset monitoring and photogrammetry up to Boxfish Alpha’s depth rating of 300m. 

Ability to Upgrade

Users can add up to three accessories and sensors when required, including grabbers, sonars and ultrashort baseline (USBL) positioning. They can also upgrade the durable, lightweight 2.7mm fibre-optic tether from the standard 100m to 5,000m length.


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  • Type of power
  • Type of Tether
    Fibre Optic - Single mode fibre
  • Max. length [m]
  • Diameter [m]
  • Type of forward trusters
  • Max. depth rating [m]
  • Min. operating temperature [°C]
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  • Buoyancy
  • Automatic depth control

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