What is an ROV?
kaiko
Kaiko, a large research ROV.

 A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an underwater robot that allows the vehicle’s operator to remain in a comfortable environment while the ROV performs various tasks underwater. An umbilical, or tether, carries power and command, and control signals to the vehicle and the status and sensory data back to the above ground operators.

Why do they exist? ROV technology exists because there is no other practical, safe and economically feasible way to perform deep underwater intervention. ROVs are one of the best tools available to researchers, as they can withstand pressure at extreme depths while minimizing the risk to human life and at the cost of valuable resources. ROVs continue to revolutionize the exploration of our oceans and may well be the best tool available to repair non-functioning equipment.

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