|February 27, 2012
Contact: Gerianne Smart
802.864.1848 ext. 125
Downloadable photos available at
Vermont Based Company Tests R.O.V. Technology with a
GPS twist, in the water in front of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Monday, Feb. 27 through Wednesday, Feb. 29
WHO: Greensea Systems, Inc., based in Richmond, VT works with Sky Research
to test R.O.V. (Remotely Operated Vehicle) technology underwater with a GPS system.
WHAT: Greensea Systems, Inc., based in Richmond, Vermont, is a small
company of about 10 people. They develop control and navigation systems for Underwater Vehicles,
custom Underwater Vehicles, and specialized robotic systems. Monday (today) through Wednesday
(Feb. 29) they are testing one of their Integrated Navigation Systems from their BOLTON product
line on a customer's ROV. This is a very small ROV which the customer required for very precise
positioning. The BOLTON product is an aided inertial navigation and control system that is fully
integrated into one instrument. Once it is integrated to the host ROV, it provides precise
positioning underwater, GPS aided positioning on the surface, and control and management of several
The ROV will be tested off the dock on the south west corner of ECHO, into the harbor to
test navigation, positioning, and vehicle performance. This is a big sensor on a tiny vehicle so it
will be closely monitored and adjusted for maximum vehicle performance. The crew’s attention will be
mostly on the navigation accuracy of the ROV and its sensor suite provided by the device.
WHEN: Best time for press: Tuesday, February 28, approx. 1 p.m.
Two photos included:1) Greensea System Ben Kinneman lowers the R.O.V.
into Lake Champlain in front of ECHO. 2) The R.O.V. begins to submerge into the Lake and will send
GPS information and images to the crew on land.Photo credit: G. Smart ECHO
ECHO is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the
Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington
Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100
interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and
seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History,
and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The
2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted
by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s
Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy
Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café
managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit
echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake
Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.