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Corps of Exploration
The international Nautilus Corps of Exploration consists of scientists, engineers, communicators, educators and students. Our primary objective is to explore the ocean seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of engineering, technology, education and communications. We aim to share our story and our science with explorers around the world from aboard E/V Nautilus; and we aspire to serve as STEM role models for the next generation of scientists, engineers and educators.
Exploration Vessel Nautilus
E/V Nautilus is a 64-meter exploration vessel with 17 permanent crew and berthing for a 31-member rotating Corps of Exploration. The ship carries with it two Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) named Hercules and Argus that explore the seafloor in real-time online via our telepresence technology. A new hulled-mounted multibeam system will be installed this winter. The ship also has a Data Lab and Wet Lab for processing digital data and physical samples.
Science & Engineering Internships and Science Communication Fellowships
The Nautilus Exploration Program provides multiple opportunities for hands-on experience aboard E/V Nautilus and at the University of Rhode Island. Various at-sea internships in science and engineering are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Our Science Communication Fellowship is available for formal and informal educators interested science communications.
ROV Hercules Operations
E/V Nautilus has two shipboard remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) named Hercules and Argus that work in tandem. This system is a state-of-the-art deep-sea robotic laboratory capable of exploring depths up to 4,000 meters. Each of the ROVs has its own suite of cameras and sensors that receive electrical power from the surface through a ﬁber-optic cable, which also transmits data and video. Engineers and scientists control the vehicles from a control room aboard Nautilus, with some dives lasting more than three days.