Are robots the best way to study deep sea environments?

17 April 2012

Question

A little while ago, the French were looking at designing robots to explore deep sea trenches in the Philippines. Is this the sort of technology that we need to be looking at, getting robots, getting automated devices, to do our research for us?

Answer

I think remotely operated vehicles are one of the key tools we have now. I know that James Cameron has just built this manned-submersible but as soon as you have a human being inside it, you're completely limited on bottom time and you know, there's a danger in there and it's such horrendous support costs associated with that. So I think that the idea is to do it all robotically or remotely from the surface.

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