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Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROVs, are underwater robots that are vastly expanding the scope of marine science, allowing us to do research at greater depths and in more remote regions.  SCINI, the Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging, is specifically built to operate through the frozen ocean surface in polar regions.  By being “skinny” SCINI needs only a small hole in the ice to reach the sea, freeing science from dependence on substantial logistic support needed to make large holes in the ice.  The increase in location and scope to perform science is incalculably valuable!

The remotely operated vehicle SCINI under the ice in Antarctica.  The bright circular spot in the background is the small hole that the robot was launched through.

The remotely operated vehicle SCINI under the ice in Antarctica. The bright circular spot in the background is the small hole that the robot was launched through.

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ANT-0619622. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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