- Focus: Creating a low-cost underwater facility for exploration, research and learning
- Funding: The Natural History Museum and the University of Southampton School of Ocean and Earth Science
We run a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that explores and samples marine environments for research, education and public outreach events.
Known as REX (the remotely operated vehicle for education and exploration), the vehicle is a small remote-controlled submarine equipped with video and sampling capabilities, capable of reaching depths of 150 metres.
We use REX with the University of Southampton research vessel Callista every year for research, teaching and public outreach. Through this collaboration we have developed a system to run REX operations in low-visibility UK waters, even in high-current speeds.
REX has also been central to Museum-led expeditions to document the deep reefs of the Bahamas and near-shore hydrothermal vents of Eyjafjörður in Iceland.
REX is a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV, equipped with:
- two cameras, including a broadcast-quality Sony HD camera
- a manipulator and cutting arm
- scanning sonar
- an ultra-short baseline positioning system
The macro-lens Sony HD camera allows us to get very close-up video of marine organisms.
REX can reach depths of up to 150 metres. This means it can spend much more time at depths of 30 to 100 metres, where scuba diving is time-limited.
Deep-sea systematics and ecology research group
- Group overview
- Antarctic marine biodiversity and climate change
- Deep Sea ID - an app from the World Register of Deep-Sea Species
- Establishing biodiversity baselines in a UK deep-sea mining claim
- REX - the remotely operated vehicle for education and exploration
- Systematics and ecology of deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems