MBARI’s Robotic Vehicles
MBARI researchers have designed and made extensive use of these high-tech robotic vehicles as an alternative to sending humans down into the depths:
- Remotely operated vehicles, which are controlled through a tether to the sea surface.
- Autonomous underwater vehicles, which are programmed at the surface and navigate through the water on their own.
- Autonomous surface vehicles, such as the self-propelled Wave Glider.
ROVs are robotic submarines that are tethered to a ship, where "pilots" control their movement and actions.
AUVs are programmed at the surface, then navigate through the water on their own, collecting data as they go.