Engineering the Drop-cam

Engineering the Drop-cam

Technology now takes us to places where humans can’t travel and allows us to see things never before seen. Michelle Rodriguez is an electrical engineer in National Geographic’s Exploration Technology Lab and walks us through the sophisticated design and operation of the drop-cam - a deep ocean, autonomous camera system that goes to the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. She explains the concepts of density, buoyancy, and gravity in the context of underwater exploration.


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October 19, 2023

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