The deep sea is one of the most fascinating environments on Earth. However, most of the deep sea remains uncharted territory due to its extreme conditions. 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. Our goal is to have a robot that is able to reach a depth of 2 kilometres by the end of October 2019.