Since the 1960’s three basic types of exploration vehicles have been developed, and they all remain in use today. Each type has its own role in ocean research and they often support or complement each other’s capabilities.
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Underwater Research Vehicles
Thrusters Batteries Navigation Onboard computer Pressure housing
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Does Not Have:
Tether Manipulator arm Sample basket Personnel sphere
Personnel sphere Batteries
Remotely Operated Vehicle
Manipulator arm Onboard computer Cameras
Thrusters Navigation Sample basket Tether
Human occupied sphere
Human Occupied Vehicle
Manipulator arm Cameras Personnel sphere Variable ballast
Thrusters Navigation Onboard computer Sample basket Batteries