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EXPLORER: Agar collector, Cargo container

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:53 pm
by blakewhittington
I understand the rules state that the Agar collector must be under control of the ROV while taking a sample. If the ROV takes the sample and removes the collector from the cup, can the collector be pulled up by a string? Or must the ROV return the collector to the surface side of the pool?

Also, since the cargo container is lying on its side, once unlocked and the door is open, will the lock slide down to where the lock will no longer be aligned up with the cut outs in the door? Will the ROV have to pick up on the lock and rotate at the same time? Or will there be something that isn't stated in the manual that will prevent it from falling through? And if none of these can be answered, will the bottom of the basket be weighted to prevent it from being tipped over?

Thanks, Blake

Re: EXPLORER: Agar collector, Cargo container

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:07 pm
by Matthew Gardner
Any agar collection must be returned to the surface by the ROV. You could not pull an agar collection device up by a string.

With a proper milk crate, the size of the plastic mesh is such that a 1/2-inch coupling won't fall down into the milk crate.

Yes, the milk crate will be weighted. However, if an ROV hits it hard enough to tip it over, it will be up to the ROV to try to open it as best they can.

Good luck.

Matthew Gardner
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