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On January 20, Team POLAR showcases its first vehicle for independent climate research in icy, inhospitable regions such as the North and South Poles.

Antarctic rover performs research in the snow

The origin of Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos, is still unclear. To unravel this mystery, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is scheduled to launch in 2024.

A rover for Mars' moon Phobos

The device could help scientists explore unknown regions of the ocean, track pollution, or monitor the effects of climate change.

Engineers build a battery-free, wireless underwater camera

Tests conducted by Cornell and the U.S. Navy used new algorithms to outperform state-of-the-art programming for autonomous underwater sonar imaging, significantly improving the speed and accuracy for identifying objects such as explosive mines, sunken ships, airplane black boxes, pipelines, etc.

Cornell, US Navy raise bar for autonomous underwater imaging

A team of researchers in Korea has been working on functional acoustic energy transmission (AET) systems, and their latest paper details a major breakthrough: Prototypes capable of powering LEDs, sensors, and Bluetooth transmitters at range and through materials include metal, tissue, and water.

A move to ultrasonic acoustics for wireless energy transmission could power implants, underwater sensors, and more

With growing concern over microplastics from ocean waste, autonomous underwater vehicles — AUVs — have been proposed as a tool for cleaning up our seas, but only if they can pick the plastics out from the fish: Enter these tweaked EfficientDets, boosting accuracy for the task.

Automated ocean waste retrival the target for new, specialized open-source EfficientDets

An ROV camera is any visual imaging system that can be used on underwater ROVs to provide the operator with a perception of the operating environment. The depth rating for an ROV camera usually starts at 300m.

What is an ROV camera?

The aim of this article is to provide a high-level answer to the question: “What do people use underwater robotic arms for?” If you’ve worked with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) before, this article probably isn’t for you. For everyone else, let’s go.

Top Uses of Underwater ROV Manipulators

A Quick Start Guide to Underwater ROVs. In this guide, you’ll learn about what defines a remotely operated vehicle, different types of ROVs, and what they are used for. Underwater ROVs are used to observe and interact underwater across a range of industries.

What are underwater ROVs & What can they be used for?

Is there life on Jupiter's moon Europa? An ocean suspected to be under miles of ice gives science hope. But how could it be reached and explored? Researchers at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center have been investigating this question since 2012 in the Europa Explorer project series.

On an icy mission: DFKI researchers test extraterrestrial under-ice navigation in northern Swedish National Park

Removing litter from oceans and seas is a costly and time-consuming process. As part of a European cooperative project, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is developing a robotic system that uses machine learning methods to locate and collect waste under water.

Robots collect underwater litter

Research could enable monitoring of our oceans or exploration of alien ocean worlds

Engineers Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy

Geographically and logistically, Antarctica is about as far away from anywhere as you can get on this planet. Yet in the scope of our solar system, Earth’s southernmost continent is right in our own backyard.

Schmidt: Exploring Earth's oceans to reach Europa

Terrain-relative navigation helped Perseverance land – and Ingenuity fly – autonomously on Mars. Now it’s time to test a similar system while exploring another frontier.

Robotic Navigation Tech Will Explore the Deep Ocean

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