Successfully navigating the oceans has allowed humankind to explore the world and make countless new discoveries that have contributed to the advancement of civilization. However, pinpointing exact locations and wading through ever-shifting tides and currents has always been a challenge.
A grant by the National Science Foundation to researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Syracuse University aims to open new avenues of robotic study of coral reefs by developing autonomous underwater vehicles capable of navigating complex environments and of collecting data over long periods of time.
The sheer expanse of the deep sea and the technological challenges of working in an extreme environment make these depths difficult to access and study. Scientists know more about the surface of the moon than the deep seafloor.
Aberdeen technology developer HonuWorx and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult are set to demonstrate a concept for a submersible mothership that will make subsea robotics a sustainable and cost-effective solution for offshore wind farms.
Advanced navies are expanding their range of unmanned underwater vehicles due to their enhanced autonomous mine countermeasure capabilities and the distributed fleet structure initiatives undertaken by the US, China, Russia, the UK and France, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
An innovative underwater robot known as Mesobot is providing researchers with deeper insight into the vast mid-ocean region known as the "twilight zone."
Researchers are increasingly turning to robots to perform deep-sea operations to learn more about coral reefs and other underwater ecosystems.