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Army of Undersea Robots at Work On Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 06:51 PM

 

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The submersible robots working to stop the massive spill in the Gulf are like Superman, but underwater. They can withstand 5,000 pounds of subsea pressure, lift up to a ton, take 3D video images and transfer hydraulic power to other equipment.

They're busy 5,000 feet below the surface helping to contain the leak that has gushed millions of gallons of oil into the water since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up April 20, killing 11 workers.

They made news this week when one bumped into a cap that has been collecting some of the oil, forcing BP to remove it for about 10 hours and leaving the flow into the Gulf unchecked.

But there's been only one other problem in two months, and the robots are playing a key role in cleaning up the mess.

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