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Unmanned Underwater Vehicles for Scientific Applications and Robotics Research: The ROMEO Project

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The design, development and exploitation of Romeo, a last generation ROV capable of supporting robotics research on intelligent/autonomous vehicles and to execute scientific missions in very harsh environment, are presented. The system’s mechanical and communication design is discussed with respect to basic end-user requirements. A three Local Area Networks system architecture is proposed, and the main sub-systems connected to the surface (supervision), on-board and lab Ethernet LANs are described. The vehicle’s exploitation in scientific missions in harsh environment (Ross Sea in Antarctica), Internet-based mission control demonstrations and the integration with a multidisciplinary scientific and technological payload proved the capabilities of the proposed architecture in matching operational and research requirements.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2000

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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