By Topic

Initial Deployments of the Rover, an Autonomous Bottom-Transecting Instrument Platform for Long-Term Measurements in Deep Benthic Environments

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

6 Author(s)
McGill, P.R. ; Monterey Bay Aquarium Res. Inst., Monterey ; Sherman, A.D. ; Hobson, B.W. ; Henthorn, R.G.
more authors

Rover is a bottom-crawling, autonomous vehicle capable of making continuous time-series measurements at abyssal depths up to 6000 m for periods exceeding six months. The Rover control system and instrumentation suite are being designed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), building on the earlier rover work of Smith and associates at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The vehicle weighs 68 kg in water and crawls on two wide tracks with a combined surface contact area of about one square meter; this provides good traction while minimizing the disturbance to benthic sediments. A typical mission scenario is to take measurements for a few days at each site before picking up the instruments and moving forward ~10 m to a new site. Up to fifty sites may be visited in a single mission. Engineering field tests have been performed with the Rover in the Monterey Bay in California (890 m depth), and at Station M, 220 km west of the central California coast (4200 m depth). Rover operations have been observed with the ROVs Ventana and Tiburon, and with the manned submersible DSV Alvin. Knowledge gained from these engineering deployments has resulted in numerous modifications and improvements to The Rover.

Published in:

OCEANS 2007

Date of Conference:

Sept. 29 2007-Oct. 4 2007