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Towed Vehicles


The CAMera samPlER, or "Camper" is a large sampling sled that is towed by a research ship and lowered to the seafloor for collecting samples.


The SeaSoar, manufactured by Chelsea Instruments, Ltd., is a towed vehicle equipped with impeller-forced wings that can be rotated to allow the vehicle to undulate in the upper ocean.

Towed Camera System

TowCam is a specially designed digital camera system that photographs the seafloor as it is towed above the ocean bottom behind an oceanographic research vessel.

Video Plankton Recorder (VPR)

The Video Plankton Recorder (VPR) is an underwater video microscope system that that takes images of plankton and particulate matter as small as 50 microns and up to a few centimeters in size.

DSL-120A Sonar

The DSL-120A is an underwater vehicle that is tethered to the ship by a long fiber optic cable. Scientists use the DSL to map underwater terrain.