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Picking, Slurping, and Plunging

May 30, 2013

Originally posted on Deepwater Canyons:

A crude drawing of the Jason sampling setup for this cruise. This image shows the basket where sampling instruments are stored during a dive. Image courtesy of Walt Gurley, Deepwater Canyons 2013 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS.

A crude drawing of the Jason sampling setup for this cruise. This image shows the basket where sampling instruments are stored during a dive. Image courtesy of Walt Gurley, Deepwater Canyons 2013 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS.

Jason gently picking a pencil urchin with its titanium arm. Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS.

Jason gently picking a pencil urchin with its titanium arm. Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS.

Collecting a sea star from a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea may sound like a difficult task, but with the ROV Jason it is accomplished with the mere twist of an arm. Jason is equipped with two powerful robotic manipulator arms that assist with underwater tasks when appendages are needed. Both arms have six joints that allow them to move over a wide area and extend up to five feet. The right arm is made of aluminum while the left arm is composed of titanium with a claw that has a grip of 1,000 pounds. They…

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