In addition to diamond bit rod coring capability, the new BMS includes 9 video cameras, a scanning sonar system, doppler current meter, attitude sensors, altimeter, precision depth sensor, hydraulic thrusters and an emergency release system. All coring and drill monitoring are controlled topside via a fiberoptic telemetry link. Bit pressure, rotary rpm, rotary torque, flushing water flow/pressure, selection of specific drill bits and coring rate are among the operator controlled functions.
Each drill is self-leveling on slopes up to 15 degrees and capable of drilling on 20 degree slopes. They weigh 5 metric tonnes and are 3.5 meters wide by 4.5 meters long and stand 5.9 meters high (legs retracted).
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