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14 January 2002 Large-scale teleoperation approach to exploration of the Hudson submarine canyon
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Teleoperation provides a means for in-situ continuous observation of, and interaction with, remote sites that are difficult and potentially hazardous to access directly. The Hudson submarine canyon, with its proximity to a large population center is an ideal test bed for an on-going teleoperation approach to its exploration and observation. To facilitate a long duration mission and freedom from an expensive and weather dependent surface support ship, an underwater electrical recharge site is proposed. A power line/fiber optic cable is placed from shoreline facilities to the recharge site, located on the upper rim of the canyon at approximately 100 meter depth. Here, free flying remotely piloted vehicles periodically recharge batteries and send video/data back to the surface. The entire venture is located underwater and remains there for the duration of the mission. The recharge site can be relocated to expand the exploration area. Various alternate canyon sites worldwide are considered. Internet access, and an access fee structure for the general public, presents the possibility of an economically self-supporting venture when conducted on a sufficiently large scale.
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Gregory A. Konesky "Large-scale teleoperation approach to exploration of the Hudson submarine canyon", Proc. SPIE 4544, Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2001, (14 January 2002);


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