Mankind has been able to set foot on the moon, land rovers on Mars, and discover the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Yet, our oceans remain an enigma to us. Oceans cover about three-fourths of the earth’s surface and are responsible for life-sustaining activities like regulating global climate and the supply of food and oxygen. They even provide employment and alternative sources of energy, and generate revenue for the scores of people that live along its shores. Some scientists argue that it is a herculean task to send people to the bottom of the ocean and then into space. The intense pressures of about 15 pounds per square inch on our bodies in the deepest parts of the ocean make it an extremely difficult environment to explore. Since we can’t protect what we don’t know, less than 10% of the world’s oceans are designated as marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to study the unmapped terrains and tap into their expansive resources, we turn to modern technology such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Owing to such growing concern, Research Nester analyzes if the adoption of marine robots can actually aid in exploring the deep oceans.
As is the case with space exploration, the oceans pose their own set of challenges to the advancement of marine robotics.
Extensive research and development in the emerging field of marine robotics has led to their use in multiple domains such as-
Robotics professionals in South Korea have the full support of the government in the research and development processes. The Government of South Korea has planned to cut back on the regulations on robotics development. This country is ranked one of the highest in the world in industrial robotics usage. For the surveillance of underwater installations in the deep sea, the German Government has invested more than USD 10 million in autonomous subsea robots. The United Kingdom and Ireland are slowly emerging as leaders in marine robotics. Furthermore, the North American region is also considered to be a favorable market for the growth of marine robotics. It has several military and defense capacities such as the US and Canada, along with advancements in technologies backed by the presence of key suppliers and companies of marine robotics. Moreover, governments have been investing heavily on the marine sector with the rising focus in improving the marine sector is anticipated to create favorable opportunities for increased utilization of marine robots for varied processes.
The future belongs to those who can build new and improved robots that can easily adapt to harsh sea conditions, devices with increased strength and accuracy, and improved sensors and battery technologies. New advancements have been introduced in the marine sector such as the marine internet of things, and radar sensors which are anticipated to bring lucrative growth opportunities for global market growth during the forecast period. Marine Robotics is all set to become one of the most dynamic markets in the coming years. It will allow the marine industry to tackle some daunting challenges in innovative ways.