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    OpenROV is a  Do It Yourself telerobotics community centered around underwater exploration and education. The "remotely operated vehicle" itself a low-cost telerobotic submarine that can be built with mostly off-the-shelf parts. The goal of OpenROV is to democratize exploration by allowing anyone to explore and study underwater environments. The  OpenROV community is also laying the foundation for globally-connected citizen scientists to share their data and findings.

    Challenge Description:

    Design and test an interface that allows control of an OpenROV from distance of more than 50 miles away.

    Functional Specifications:

    1. Currently the design incorporates command and control, and visual feedback via an ethernet over hardline technology to communicate from the ROV to the user, who remains above the surface of the water.  However, there is no reason, with the proper connectivity and interfaces, that command and control could be performed by a user across the planet rather than tens of meters away on a boat or shore. The 50-mile suggestion is to encourage collaboration with sites other than San Francisco, where an OpenROV will be read and waiting to be commanded from afar.
    2. Control the ROV from more than 50 miles away.
    3. Provide visual feedback via a graphical user interface and video.
    4. Incorporate predictive indications for any known or detected delays in communications.
    5. Test functionality during the SpaceApps weekend.
    6. Allow a "view-only" mode which allows anyone in the world to look over the shoulder of the explorers, without disrupting piloting of the ROV.
    7. Use this collaborative technology to develop and test any other functionality of an ROV, proving that remote operation can apply to the development process as well.


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