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NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

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The Aquanaut robot.

The Aquanaut robot can swim to a destination and carry out tasks with minimal supervision.

Credit: Nauticus Robotics Inc.

Former NASA roboticists who were part of the team that developed Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot to serve as an astronaut assistant on the International Space Station in 2011, are part of a research team at Nauticus Robotics Inc. that has developed a deep-sea robot.

The fully electric, sports-car-sized Aquanaut robot features cameras, sensors, and claw hands that can be equipped with various tools.

The goal is for the Aquanaut robot to work with minimal supervision from a remote control center, providing significant savings to offshore oil well and wind turbine operators and even fish farmers.

Two Aquanauts have been built so far, with 20 more planned in the next three years.

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