Remote Exploration: Telepresence and the Future of Science
Learn more about remote telepresence, the technology that allows scientists on shore to participate along with our expeditions. Our video streams from the cameras on Hercules and Argus up our fiber-optic cable to the control van on Nautilus, where it is sent via from our dish to a satellite, down to a receiving station, then on to the Inner Space Center. From there, it is distributed directly to scientist’s computers and to the web. Telepresence frees us from the space constraints of the ship, allowing more scientists to be involved with the expedition.
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.