Onward and downward with ROV's—Victor reaches 6,000 meters

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Mark Chaffey
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Friday, November 6, 1998
12:00 Noon—Pacific Forum

The French governmental organization IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherché pour l'Exploitation de la MER) began a program to develop a state-of-the-art teleoperated vehicle or ROV (named Victor) about one year after MBARI began it's program for developing Tiburon. Development of the two vehicles has proceeded in parallel, with some cooperation between the two programs.

I will report on a recent Victor test dive series that culminated in a dive to 5,917 meters. The system architecture and operation of Victor will be discussed in detail and, where possible, I will make comparisons to MBARI's ROV Tiburon.

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