Manned and Remotely Operated Submersible Systems: A Comparison
NAVAL UNDERSEA CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This paper presents examples of undersea tasks and describes some of the vehicles that presently are available to accomplish them. It examines the reasons for placing man in a submersible system, concluding that the most important of these is his active, interpretive ability to see, and discusses the relative costs of building and operating manned and remotely operated vehicles. Finally, it suggests that remotely operated systems are better suited for the performance of most undersea projects for at least six reasons relative economy of development in time and equipment costs, unlimited operational endurance on site by virtue of the cable link to the surface, surface control and coordination of project efforts, ability to perform in hazardous areas without endangering personnel, ability to change or modify all system components to meet individual tasks range needs without affecting system safety or certification status, and ease of changing crews without disrupting the mission.
- Marine Engineering