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NBL ROV System Integration Testing

posted Oct 28, 2014, 7:05 AM by Daniel Dockter   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 4:00 AM ]

NASA begins commercializing its Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

In 2013 NASA opened its Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), located in Houston, TX USA, for commercial use. At 102ft (31.09m) W X 202ft (61.57m) L X 40ft (12.19m) D, the NBL holds 6.2 million gallons (23469.6 m³) of water making it the largest indoor pool in the world. The facility maintains an Oceaneering MILLENNIUM® Plus ROV on site and can also support other work-class ROVs. Originally, the NBL was used to train Astronauts, Comsonauts, and support the International Space Station assembly and repair operations. 

ROVs and AUVs are also highly complex systems that require intensive logistics support making them expensive to operate. As oil and gas prices fall, the development of highly efficient techniques and aiding technologies becomes even more important. Control Interfaces and our partners are developing and integrating technologies at the forefront of innovation for ROV/AUV intervention.


On-site NBL ROV — Houston, TX

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