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Underwater robots attack spill like Superman

Posted on 25.06.2010 - 13:57 EDT in ROV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Underwater robots attack spill like SupermanDespite accident, submersibles play vital role where people can't go

NEW ORLEANS - They're like Superman, but underwater: able to withstand 5,000 pounds of subsea pressure, lift up to a ton, take 3D video images and transfer hydraulic power to other equipment.

Submersible robots can do what no person ever could, and they're serving an important role in the fight to stop the oil gushing from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

A subcity of underwater robots is busily working 5,000 feet below the surface to help contain the leak that has gushed millions of gallons of oil into the water since the Deepwater Horizon blew up April 20, killing 11 workers.

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