LOBSTER Explorer

Deep sea on a budget

The Project

The deep sea is one of the most fascinating environments on Earth. However, most of it remains uncharted territory due to its extreme conditions. Normally, to explore the deep sea, a large and expensive robot is needed which has to be deployed and operated from an even more expensive ship. The plus point is that these robots can do everything. They have arms that can be used to manipulate objects, take samples, catch fish or even repair structures. However, sometimes you just want to take a look.

This is where LOBSTER comes in. We aim to make deep sea inspection, prospecting, and research accessible by developing a small, fast, low cost and autonomous deep-sea robot that can reach the seabed quickly, take pictures, make measurements and return to the surface. We are using our first advanced prototype for testing. 

Pressure Tolerant Electronics test II

We tested the electronic prototypes and several construction methods at our partner Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. We were able to use their pressure chamber and tested at a pressure of 350 bars which equals 3.5 km! Everything worked as expected. This is a big milestone in our project.

  • This is a picture taken by our camera at a pressure of 350 bars.