The MSLED (the Micro Submersible Lake Exploration Device) is currently the world’s smallest deep access underwater robot. I led the design, development, and testing of the MSLED project from September 2010 until June 2012.
The MSLED is a novel robotic submersible that is designed to explore subglacial lakes in Antarctica and provide scientists with valuable visual and hydrological data. My contributions to the robot consisted of the system architecture and integration, external hull and internal structure design, and propulsion system. I took MSLED to McMurdo Station from Nov-Dec 2011 to conduct its first field test in Antarctica.
The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Alberto Behar @ NASA’s JPL. The vehicle was developed in the Extreme Environment Robotics and Instrumentation Laboratory at Arizona State University
This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA