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Published on May 5, 2011
A compilation of video clips collected in deepwater by the Little Hercules Remotely Operated Vehicle and camera platform during the INDEX-SATAL 2010 Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region. Known as "America's ship for ocean exploration", the Okeanos Explorer, in partnership with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration (OER), will travel around the globe to map and characterize largely unknown areas of the ocean.
The Okeanos Explorer can discover interesting seafloor features with the deep water multibeam sonar mapping system. In addition, the ship has a dedicated Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which can travel down to a depth of 4,000 meters. Images and high-definition video from the ROV and camera platform will be sent from the vehicles on the seafloor to the ship and to shore in real-time, a technology referred to as "telepresence." Although the Okeanos Explorer may be thousands of miles away, the scientists standing watch at shore side exploration "command centers" throughout the country will be able to guide the ship through its mission, and help enable seafloor images and video to stream live into classrooms, newsrooms, and living rooms through high speed internet.
Video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010.