Underwater Robots (ROV)

intervention-underwater-rov-underwater-maximum-depth-2500-m-27362-3261003Underwater Robots –  Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and the newer class of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) are critical in exploring our Oceans.

These vehicles operate in a very unforgiving environment, and requires a deep understanding of basic Engineering and Physics in order to design and build successful vehicles.  Yet they are the only way for us to explore and learn more about our Oceans.

Ocean Exploration and it’s Importance.

Despite the fact that the ocean plays a role in everything from the air we breathe to daily weather and climate patterns, we know very little about our ocean. And, most of our knowledge of the ocean lies in shallower waters. Deeper waters remain a mystery even though we are relying more and more on these areas for food, energy, and other resources. Enter ocean exploration…

Ocean exploration is about making discoveries, searching for things that are unusual and unexpected. Ocean exploration, however, is not randomly wandering in hopes of finding something new. It is disciplined, systematic, and includes rigorous observations and documentation of biological, chemical, physical, geological, and archaeological aspects of the ocean.

The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms. Throughout history, the ocean has been a vital source of sustenance, transport, commerce, growth, and inspiration.

Yet for all of our reliance on the ocean, 95 percent of this realm remains unexplored, unseen by human eyes.

The Challenge of Exploration

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Exploring our Oceans is a challenging business, human divers can only explore down towards approximately 40M.  Any deeper requires ever more sophisticated ROV’s and Submarines.  Even today getting to the deepest parts of our Oceans, has only been successfully achieved by a few very special submarines, requiring years of design and engineering.  Imagine the pressure such machines must withstand, for every 10M down the pressure doubles!  Even building an ROV able to go down just 100M, requires significant engineering to withstand the water pressure.