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Living below the ocean surface is an endeavor that requires some stamina. Life on board of an expedition vessel is easily impacted by physical wear and tear due to lack of daylight and temperature. Since deep sea exploration is about more than just uncovering the secrets of the sea, there’s an added expedition’s baggage: stress. Scientists on board live in close quarters for months at a time, eating, sleeping, and doing research in closets, ships’ cabins, or ship’s hold that are about 24,000 feet (7,000 meters) below the surface. Scientists aboard the Triton remotely operated vehicle (ROV) are the ultimate sign of deep sea exploration: robot explorers that go in places to get samples and photographs, on land and in deep water, and are the go-to equipment on any expeditions. In the Triton, scientists and ships gather samples in deeper than any vessel has gone before, sampling the deeper ocean depths to answer questions on the chemistry, evolution, and evolution of deep sea organisms. From fabrications to sports, raise your mug with these ingredients.
The Triton ROV
The surface: By all rights, the ROV should be on your head with your hands in a safety cage. However, this isn’t your personal vehicle. This is your ROV. It’s a really big robot that you’ve probably never seen or touched before. Now you know. We borrow this already worn out image from Mr. Peregrine of The Pine Tree Log, but it’s really easy to imitate. All you need to make a ROV look like the Triton for your own mission is two tow balls, two rubber gloves, a blue rubber stick, and an eye patch. Of course, with plastic the color of cloudy water and “soft” alternatives such as thin air, it’s the perfect project for kids. Of course, you can also make it creepy.
Temperature: True, it has similar features to the wind deflectors of ships, which protect against thermals. But unlike ships, Triton’s makers say that it actually helps heat the water molecules that are under a lot of stress, thereby keeping its ocean floors hot and thus allowing for those samples to travel farther.
X-ray vision: This dual layer disk looks great as a weapon against deep sea pirates. However, just like our heat shield on our spacecraft, the disk is a double-layer artifact made of two layers of semiconductors so you could potentially make a “jetpack with many more blades.” From a scientific perspective, your X-ray self isn’t at fault–the science knows nothing. Just get that disco ball and wave it.
Food: “Food should consist of mostly raw meat in order to help transport nutrients,” according to Jason McClure, director of ice and thermoelectric energy research at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As snow globes and hearts floating in a packet are the latest experiments of those occupying life on ships, this is one vessel that does try to be economical and eco-friendly. Plus, sticking raw meat in your ROV actually helps these properties of the machine to work with the vessel, hence the meat.
Relaxation: Relaxing your mind with a good shiatsu massage to rid your mind of that state of suspended animation just might just be the best part of the experience for all scientists aboard.
Meltdown: There is a chance that your Triton research could explode. The Triton contains a large cryogenic chamber to cool itself while lowering its stress-levels, but did you know that this chamber contains radioactive particles that are much more unstable than the rest of the vessel. To test this theory, the Triton researchers aboard the Triton invented a way to test biological strain readiness. They cryogenically cooled zombie models. You did not do this because you needed to throw us all a bone, but because you have a love for moving the dead through the cheese shake network.
Driving a Triton: Triton’s drive systems requires a “high performance steering” system and an electric drive generator, similar to your lawn mower for speed. Since there is no mower on board you’ll need some really serious one-day driving experience. However, don’t feel bad because you will be rewarded with one of those cool videos from Nautilus.