Britain's National Oceanography Centre has developed a set of deep sea robots that will be able to help scientists retrieve data from underwater areas that are inaccessible or too dangerous for manned crafts to reach. These new robots are designed to be submerged for extremely long periods of time in some of the most inhospitable aquatic environments.
The deep sea robots consist of a series of gliders that will be able to dive up to 5,000 meters below the water's surface. The gliders contain onboard sensors that allow them to relay a continuous stream of data about the aquatic ecosystem. The gliders will also be able to use the water samples it collects to monitor pollution levels. These robots will be most useful for monitoring deep sea oil and mining operations.
These gliders will be able to dive deeper than any previous deep sea devices, which means that scientists will now have a more complete picture of the conditions of certain aquatic environments.