Treasure Hunting for Geeks

By Deane Barker on August 15, 2003

The Bounty Hunter: A really interesting article on how technology is transforming the treasure hunting business. Specifically, the article details the attempt to raise the Sussex and the estimated $4 billion she holds under roughly 20,000 feet of water.

“A decade ago, it wasn’t practical to take quality video at depth because of the limitations of transmitting it back to the ship over copper wire. Early ROVs would snap pictures and return to the boat to develop the images — a huge waste of time. Today’s robots record hi-def digital video to cheap onboard hard drives and transmit live footage back to the ship over fiber-optic lines.”



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