RangerBot Robotic Systems to Survey Great Barrier Reef

Published by , September 3, 2018 2:27 pm

(Maritime-Executive) RangerBot is the world’s first underwater robotic system designed specifically for coral reef environments using only robot-vision for real-time navigation, obstacle avoidance and complex science missions. It is operated using a smart tablet and can stay underwater about three times longer than a human diver doing the same job, working day or night in adverse conditions.
Populations of crown-of-thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) have exploded in recent decades, causing huge impacts on the health of the Great Barrier Reef. A single starfish can grow up to a meter wide and eat its own body weight in healthy coral in a single day, with the species believed to be responsible for up to half of all coral loss on the Reef.