National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has placed an order for an unmanned underwater vehicle to be used for the creation of multidimensional maps of oceanic environs as part of its Ocean Worlds exploration program.
The 300-meter depth-rated Endura 300 commercial-grade remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was ordered from Aquabotix Technology Corporation, the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary UUV Aquabotix Ltd. ther ROV will be integrated with a range of specialist sensors.
NASA will use the vehicle to create multidimensional maps of oceanic environs as part of its Ocean Worlds exploration program, which is undertaking ocean exploration on Earth, in order to, among other things, assist NASA with its search for the best-known candidates for life in the solar system.
“We are proud of being able to provide NASA’s JPL with a vehicle that is fully configurable to their needs,” said Aquabotix’s CEO, Durval Tavares. “Our team is working to integrate specialist sensors fit for purpose, which is made possible due to Aquabotix’s digital architecture.”