On Monday, Keppel Corporation announced the formation of Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte. Ltd. (OMS), a joint venture with UK Seabed Resources and Lion City Capital Partners, which intends to search and recover polymetallic nodules several kilometers beneath the ocean’s surface.
How will they accomplish this, you might ask?
Nodules can be brought to the surface using a combination of remotely operated or autonomous underwater vehicles, pumps and riser pipes.
I was recently considering the possibility of using seaborne drones to test/debug eventual semi-automomous units for deployment outside the atmosphere.
"Drones to the left of me, AI to the right; Here I am, stuck in the middle with you..."