Students at the Warsaw University of Technology are building a remote controlled underwater robot, which will be used to investigate chemical munitions burried underwater in the Baltic Sea.
The robot will be used to collect samples from munitions dumpsites and analyse the potential risks to the environment. Swimming along the bottom, it will help assess whether the munitions are corroding, open or leaking hazardous materials and will collect water samples for analysis in the lab. The goal is to design a robot which minimally disturbs the sea bottom so as to avoid moving silt, which distorts the images. The first version of the robot will be tested in the waters of the Baltic Sea in September.