MacArtney Benelux backs deep-sea robot

LOBSTER Explorer Artist’s impression of the LOBSTER Explorer. Credit: MacArtney
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MacArtney Benelux is supporting young minds to develop innovative underwater technology solutions by advising a team who are developing an autonomous deep-sea robot.

The multidisciplinary team from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands is working together with industry experts to develop the small, fast, and low-cost LOBSTER Explorer, with the aim of making deep-sea inspection, prospecting and research more accessible. MacArtney Benelux is providing test facilities and expertise along with access to its SubConn connectors.

Erwin van der Schee, sales manager at MacArtney Benelux, explained: “Encouraging the young, creative minds of today’s ocean science students is of vital importance.

“The future of our ocean spaces is dependent on improving our knowledge and understanding. At MacArtney, we endeavour to support and facilitate the young ocean science community so that new and exciting developments can be made.”

Continuing encouragement

Previously MacArtney has sponsored the international MATE ROV competition and the WASUB human-powered submarine team from TU Delft.

TU Delft mechanical engineering student, Stephan Rutten, said: “MacArtney has been a great partner and have supported us throughout our project. MacArtney’s personal attention and flexibility have been invaluable to us while working on the challenges that the deep-sea poses.”

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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