A Nautical Exosuit Will be Used to Explore Ancient Underwater Ruins

Nuytco Research developed an underwater exosuit to explore the ancient Greek Antikythera ruins in the Aegean Sea.
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Nuytco Research developed an underwater exosuit to explore the ancient Greek Antikythera ruins in the Aegean Sea.
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A team at Nuytco Research has developed a exosuit for underwater use, with the purpose of exploring the ancient Greek Antikythera wreck in the Aegean Sea. The suit, which was originally developed to help works in New York's water treatment facilities, will allow divers to descend 1000 feet deep into the ocean for several hours at a time. With the exosuit, divers would not need to decompress after returning to the surface. 

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The Green Antikythera wreck was discovered in 1900 and contained the Antikythera mechanism, which is considered the world's oldest computer. Using the exosuit, researchers will be able to spend much more time exploring the wreck and its artifacts. 

The suit itself is made of aluminium and weights 530 pounds. It allows for both leg and arm movements, and has a a back-up battery and life support system. 

The underwater exosuit is currently being tested in Rhode Island before researchers begin exploring the wreck. If all goes well, it's likely the suit will be used to explore more of the world's underwater ruins. 

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