Lateral Launch System

Published: April 30, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Lateral Launch System Mean?

A lateral launch system is a remotely operated vehicle that can crawl and inspect mainline pipes, as well as launch cameras, attached to the platform by a cable, down lateral lines for distances up to the length of the cable.

Generally, lateral launch systems are a package. They may be installed as part of a pipe inspection platform or a package installed on existing pipeline ROVs with the appropriate plug-and-play capacity and connectivity to accept the lateral launch package.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Lateral Launch System

All lateral launch systems have essentially the same components: A powered platform equipped with electric drive motors driving tractor type wheels on a long platform. The carriage can be maneuvered backward and forward in a mainline. The platform is equipped with a variety of cameras for forwarding, upward and backward views in color or black and white.

Lateral launch ROVs, with the lateral launch package included are made up of:

  • A high-powered electric drive motor
  • "Tractor-tread" drive wheels
  • The lateral launch components, including
    • The lateral cameras
    • Lighting systems
    • Cable-to-lateral camera rollers and up to 100 ft. of cable
    • The launch and recovery system, when a stock part of a specialty ROV system, fits into pipes ranging in diameter from 6" to 48"

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