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Speedy, cheap spider subs to explore the abyss

作者:弘剜夼    发布时间:2017-04-01 07:00:26    

By Paul Marks (Image: Hawkes Remotes) (Image: Hawkes Remotes) THE hunt for deep-sea volcanic vents, peculiar creatures of the abyss and the flight recorders of drowned aircraft could soon become much cheaper and easier thanks to spider-inspired submersibles. Today’s remotely operated submersible vehicles (ROVs) are tethered to a support ship by cables about 2.5 centimetres thick which provide electrical power. But hauling several kilometres of thick cable through the watery depths creates debilitating drag which impedes the ROV:

 

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