The press is invited to meet Steve Van Meter, a Hazardous Duty Robotics Specialist from ASA/Kennedy Space Center, at the South Carolina Aquarium on Saturday, September 29, and Tuesday, October 2. Van Meter will be showing one of his smallest robots as it swims the waters of the South Carolina Aquarium. Unlike divers, the tiny remotely operated vehicle (ROV), called VideoRay, does not emit bubbles that can scare fish. In many cases, VideoRay takes the place of divers to save time, expense, and risk to human life. Operated like a video game, the VideoRay is a fascination to children, scientists, archaeologists, search and rescue professionals, and many organizations focused on the underwater world.
Van Meter, who uses the VideoRay to inspect tanks and explore the waters around NASA/Kennedy Space Center, once encountered a large Florida alligator that went tether-to-teeth with the 8-pound ROV. Van Meter will swim the VideoRay among sea life and discuss how VideoRay is a safe alternative to putting people in the water.