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An efficient, rugged, affordable underwater thruster to propel the future of marine robotics and ocean exploration.
An efficient, rugged, affordable underwater thruster to propel the future of marine robotics and ocean exploration.
An efficient, rugged, affordable underwater thruster to propel the future of marine robotics and ocean exploration.
360 backers pledged $102,685 to help bring this project to life.

News, Progress, and Schedule Update!

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Hello Friends!

We finally have a new update with current progress, current schedule, and a few other announcements.

First of all, we recently passed the one year anniversary of the T100 Thruster Kickstarter launch – what a year it’s been! We’ve grown from a few guys in a garage to shipping almost 1500 thrusters around the world. We are still behind on our Kickstarter shipments, unfortunately, but we’re catching up fast! We want to thank everyone for their patience and can’t wait to see what you’ve been doing with your thrusters!

Recent News

Just a few days ago we were recognized by Marine Technology Reporter Magazine as the “Start-Up of the Year” in their MTR100 review! We are very proud and honored to be included. Check out the write-up here.

“Start-Up of the Year” Article in MTR100.
“Start-Up of the Year” Article in MTR100.

In June we announced a few new products including Subsea Buoyancy Foam, Cable Penetrators, and spare thruster parts. We followed that up in July with the announcement of our new line of Watertight Enclosures! These high-quality enclosures are rated to a depth of 100m, come in two different diameters and custom lengths, and have modular end-caps. Please check them out if you’re interested.

New watertight enclosures, 4″-Series (left) and 2″-Series (right).
New watertight enclosures, 4″-Series (left) and 2″-Series (right).

At the end of July we visited the AUVSI Robosub Competition in San Diego. We were a sponsor of the competition this year and many teams were using the T100 Thruster in their vehicles! Below are a few images and you can read more about it here!

SSC Pacific TRANSDEC test facility (left) and our booth at Robosub (right).
SSC Pacific TRANSDEC test facility (left) and our booth at Robosub (right).
University of North Florida with their AUV (left), Carl Hayden High School’s AUV (center), and Arizona State with their AUV (right).
University of North Florida with their AUV (left), Carl Hayden High School’s AUV (center), and Arizona State with their AUV (right).

Current Progress

We’ve had a few hiccups that have slowed down our shipping estimates from June, but we have made a lot of progress. We have shipped all T200s (without BlueESC) and we’ve made solid progress on the T100s and T200s with BlueESCs. We’ve shipped some of the BlueROVs but we still have the majority of those remaining to be shipped.

The BlueESCs were delayed by an issue in June. Right after our last update, a customer came to us with several of the first BlueESCs which had died on them all of a sudden. In a panic, we paused all production and shipping of BlueESCs until we could figure out the issue. We did a lot of testing here to try to replicate the issue and eventually concluded that it was caused by a large negative voltage spike that was found in the customer’s power system. We resumed shipping in July and there are a lot of BlueESCs in the wild now without any other issues! Unfortunately, this put us behind quite a bit since many Kickstarter rewards included the BlueESC.

BlueESCs being prepped for waterproofing.
BlueESCs being prepped for waterproofing.

We’ve also spent a lot of time refining the assembly process. We’ve already been building the T100 for a long time but introducing the T200 and BlueESC brought in new issues to resolve! Slowly we’ve managed to cut down the assembly time and improve the processes. With a few added hands, a new production space, and some new equipment everything is going smoother than ever. We’ve still got a lot of shipments to make to finish the Kickstarter, but we’re getting close!

T100 wiring PCBs being prepped for installation.
T100 wiring PCBs being prepped for installation.

Current Schedule

Here’s our current estimated schedule for remaining rewards to be fulfilled. We haven’t done the best job of meeting our estimated schedules so far, but we’re trying to offer the most realistic estimates that we can. We are currently finishing batches of thrusters on a weekly basis so many thrusters will be shipped sooner than indicated. Here’s when we are planning to complete each reward:

  • T100 with BlueESC: Completed by September 25th
  • T200 with BlueESC: Completed by October 2nd
  • BlueROVs: Completed by September 18th

If you have any questions or concerns about this schedule or think we are missing anything, please let us know at info@bluerobotics.com. We’ll be happy to answer.

That’s all for now.

Happy Thrusting!

-Rusty and the BlueRobotics Team

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    1. BlueRobotics 2-time creator on

      @Joerg - We use a vacuum when the epoxy is first mixed and then we carefully fill the BlueESCs to ensure that minimal bubbles are trapped in the epoxy. The BlueESCs come ready to use the I2C system. The default address is 0x29. You can read more details here: http://docs.bluerobotics.com/bluesc/#isup2supc-protocol

      @David - Thanks so much for the kind words! We are working hard to make sure that our products are great and our customers are happy!

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      David Brown on

      I have backed some Kickstarter startups that turned out to be highly questionable, but you guys are doing it right. Keep up the good work. I'm willing to be patient.

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      Joerg Johann Mueller on

      Thanks for the update. How do you do the waterproofing to prevent air bubbles in the potting compound? Do you use vaccum? How about the T200 with BlueESC. With what I2C address are they send? I order four. Will you program them or what do I have to buy to do by myself?