How many of you can say that you’ve survived a close encounter with a great white shark? Well, to a REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle, it’s all in a day’s work. In 2013, a team from the Oceanographic Systems Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) took a specially equipped REMUS “SharkCam” underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild. Watch this WHOI video to see what happened!
The REMUS AUV is manufactured right here on Cape Cod at Hydroid Corporation in Pocasset. From their website: “Hydroid AUVs can dive to depths of 6,000 meters, explore shallow waters and hover in hazardous areas where navigation is difficult. These vehicles reduce the high cost of ocean exploration and sampling, while increasing the availability of scientific marine data.”
“Hydroid’s AUVs have been involved with undersea mine countermeasures that have helped save lives by eliminating human divers from mine fields and have helped solve plane and ship disaster mysteries, including locating Air France Flight 447 wreckage and generating 3D mapping of the Titanic. Their vehicles offer scientists a new view on pressing global issues including climate change, the world’s declining fish population and environmental disasters.”
We’re very pleased to welcome some of the members of the Hydroid team who work on this amazing technology. They’ll be bringing prototypes of the REMUS and will be available to answer any questions that you might have about AUVs. Cool!