Why the immersion of Vityaz-D at the bottom of the Mariana Trench is a landmark event for the Russian Federation
On Friday, May 8, an important event for our country took place. The latest deep-sea unmanned vehicle Vityaz-D sank to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, installed a pennant with the symbol of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, studied environmental parameters and carried out mapping of the seabed.
Despite the fact that studies of the deepest points of the oceans have been conducted since the 50s of the last century, this mission has become truly unique. For the first time in history, a completely unmanned unmanned vehicle descended to a depth of 10028 meters.
Our robot, equipped with AI elements, is able to bypass obstacles, find a way out of a limited space and solve a number of other intellectual problems. At the same time, the unique design and use of heavy-duty materials allow Vityaz to withstand tremendous pressure and plunge to a depth of 12 km.
But that is not all. Russian uninhabited underwater vehicle is needed not only for research. The Central Design Bureau Rubin, who created the deep-sea robot, is the author of one extremely ambitious project called the Iceberg. We are talking about an underwater industrial complex for mining.
The size of the latter is comparable to a small city. At the same time, all work here will be carried out offline. Robots like Vityaz will run through the streets of such a “city”, performing various tasks. The person, in turn, will control the process from a safe place.
Successful conquest of the Mariana Trench by the latest Russian drone suggests that our country has gained unique knowledge and experience. And this means that the day when the world's first plant city will be built on the ocean floor has become even closer.
- Photos used: JSC "Central Design Bureau of Marine Engineering" Rubin "