First Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle of India operationalised in North Antarctica


First Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe) of India was successfully operationalised for research in NIOT (North Antarctica by National Institute of Ocean Technology). Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe) has been deployed in Priyadarshini Lake located on the Schirmacher Oasis which is a major source of water for Maitri, India’s second base in the Antarctica.

  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe) indigenously built by NIOT under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences and it capable of probing the sea bed under normal temperature and capable of exploring up to 200 meters in inhospitable and tough regions like the ice clad Antarctica.
  • It remotely launched by scientists on board the ship and has inbuilt thrusters allowing it for 360-degree movement and it will help researchers to study and find out details about dissolved oxygen in sea bottom, salinity and the quantity of sunlight hitting the bottom of the sea.
  • PROVe will measure parameters like ocean currents, temperature and salinity in the Arctic in the case of forecasting Monsoon and it will help of Mathematical models for forecasting the Monsoon which many times vary from initial forecasts.

Contributed By: Neelam Kumari

- Published/Last Modified on: March 30, 2015