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Ocean Explorer: ROVs and Submersibles
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Ocean Explorer: ROVs and Submersibles

Unoccupied, highly maneuverable underwater robots were first developed for industrial purposes, such as inspecting pipelines. Since then, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) have played key roles in ocean exploration.

Take a closer look at these scientific and educational tools that can range in size from that of a bread box to a small truck.

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Alien Deep Interactive

Alien Deep Interactive

Investigate the many mysteries of the sea, including underwater volcanoes and centuries-old shipwrecks. More...

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National Geographic
AquaBot

AquaBot

Ready for an underwater rescue mission? Try building a neutrally buoyant ROV capable of driving underwater. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
ROV Game

ROV Game

Dive deep to investigate marine life in a tropical reef, and test your shutter reflexes. More...

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Alien Deep: Network of Expeditions

Alien Deep: Network of Expeditions

Meet pioneering oceanographer Robert Ballard, who uses ROVs to probe the depths of the world's oceans. More...

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National Geographic
Ocean as a Lab: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Ocean as a Lab: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Meet Nereus, a new class of robotic vehicle that can descend into parts of the ocean currently unexplored. More...

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Frequently Asked ROV Questions

Frequently Asked ROV Questions

Think you might want to work on an ROV or build these deepwater tools? Find out what it takes. More...

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Oceaneering
Okeanos Explorer Video Playlist

Okeanos Explorer Video Playlist

Take a video tour of the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, Mid-Cayman Rise, Galapagos Rift, and more. More...

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NOAA
ROV News

ROV News

What's new in the world of ROVs and submersibles? Get the latest news and dramatic images. More...

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Popular Science
Voyages of Discovery: NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer

Voyages of Discovery: NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer

Venture into the vast and largely unknown ocean with the crew and scientists of the Okeanos Explorer, the first NOAA vessel solely dedicated to exploration and discovery missions. More...

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Exploratorium
Alex Spiride: Google Science Fair 2013 Global Finalist

Alex Spiride: Google Science Fair 2013 Global Finalist

Alex, a competitive swimmer, built an underwater robot propelled by air pressure that moves — and sounds — like a squid. Check out his invention that makes it easier to get close to and study marine life. More...

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Google Science Fair
Aquabots

Aquabots

Investigate artificial oyster reefs with the SciGirls as they build a remotely operated vehicle that can travel underwater. More...

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SciGirls/PBS

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