HROVHybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle
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The winning team will also visit the HROV at WHOI in fall 2006.
Funding to develop the HROV comes from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Pilots on surface vessels will remotely control the HROV via the microcable, which will be jettisoned upon completion of the mission.
When the HROV is ready in 2006, we plan to take it on a cruise funded by the NSF to the Challenger Deep, a trench off the Marianas Islands in the western Pacific that is 10,923 meters (35,838 feet) deep-deeper than Mount Everest is tall.