NASA Reveals a New Type of Underwater Vehicle


by Irma Arkus

ScienceDaily reports on NASA’s reveal of its first, thermodynamic, naturally-powered vehicle, designed for underwater movement. The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC) uses that same concept that most scoff as inefficient: it harvests ocean’s own water-current movements as well as temperature differentiations in order to create enough thermodynamic power for the module to self-propel.

The pilot project is extraordinarily promising, (especially since we know that Google is trying to map the ocean floor systems) in terms of creating better, cheaper and durable underwater probes.

Think about it? I would certainly like a few sent to Europa, a liquid-covered moon orbiting Jupiter during the upcoming Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) in 2020.