Telepresence technology, as it is applied through the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, enables live streaming video, data, and information to be transmitted from tethered vehicles at depth and ships at sea to anywhere in the world in real time. Unlike traditional ocean expeditions, missions on the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer (EX) will have most of the scientists participating from shore. Via telepresence, live images from the seafloor and other data and information are transmitted over satellites and high-speed Internet pathways to scientists standing watches at the URI Inner Space Center (ISC) and/or in Exploration Command Centers (ECCs) on shore, or alternatively, from any location with access to commodity Internet. Thus, geographically dispersed scientists on shore can participate in missions no matter where the ship is located, increasing the pace and scope of discoveries.
Introduction to Telepresence (pdf, 458 kb), NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore?