Florida Tech Alumni Fieberg, Frey Create Underwater Camera and Lighting Company ‘Arctic Rays’
By Florida Tech // June 21, 2021
used by the U.S. Navy and NOAA
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – There’s a world undiscovered here, on our own planet in the depths of our massive oceans.
Underwater crews have explored Earth’s waters for generations, but, like anything else, as technology improves, so does our capacity for exploring deeper, darker oceanic destinations as well as discovering and documenting new marine life and behaviors.
Enter Arctic Rays, a company founded and led by Dirk Fieberg ’01, ’03 M.S., and Lee Frey ’99, ’02 M.S., which manufactures advanced underwater cameras and lighting equipment.
Fieberg and Frey are raising the bar for underwater tech by applying a fresh approach to the design of underwater systems.
“Underwater technology has always been very expensive and has taken a long time to develop and bring to market. In the past, only big companies and research institutes had the resources to design and manufacture for such a challenging environment,” says Frey.
“Today, advancements in robotics, LED lighting, high-resolution imaging, and rapid prototyping are revolutionizing what is possible.”
Arctic Rays equipment has been used by BBC and OceanX for the making of the documentary series “Blue Planet II,” as well as Netflix, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), the U.S. Navy, NOAA, and several others.
“We recently developed a novel system with Brian LaJoie ’99, ’01 M.S., who works for L3Harris Technologies. It uses a suite of high-definition cameras, motion controllers, and fiber-optic networking technology to provide real-time monitoring of deep-sea dive operations.”
The company was created when Fieberg, with over a decade of experience working with high-tech lighting for Tempo, LED Lighting, and Philips Lighting, and Frey, an ocean engineer who has spent 19 years building and piloting underwater vehicles for companies like OceanX, WHOI, and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, decided to combine their skills to improve upon the tools available to marine scientists, explorers, and documentary filmmakers.
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