The little crawler that could, couldn't for a while. Then it could again, thanks to skillful and persistent efforts by a scientist driving it from the other side of the planet.
Wally I is one of 2 remotely operated deep-sea crawlers helping researchers study the gas hydrates outcrops in Barkley Canyon. The crawlers Wally I and Wally II are deployed in a "tag team" rotation, one installed at a depth of 870 m, while the other undergoes servicing and upgrades at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Wally I was last deployed to "Wallyland" in August 2012, and has been making regular forays along a set route marked by flags amongst the hydrate outcrops...Read more