Argus

Argus

Argus is a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that is tethered via a steel-armored fiber-optic cable directly to the ship. It can be used in two different modes of operation: alone or with another ROV. Alone, Argus is towed behind the ship as a tow sled for broad-area visual and/or sonar surveys. In tandem mode, Argus typically is used with ROV Hercules. In this tandem mode, Hercules is connected to Argus via a 30m fiber-optic tether. Argus removes the heaving motion of the ship from Hercules so that it can work on the seafloor as a stable platform. Argus is equipped with a number of cameras so that researchers can watch over Hercules while it works on the seafloor.

Image: Sea Research Foundation, Inc.