1968 – Beaver Mark IV Submersible – Rockwell (American)

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1968 – Beaver Mark IV Submersible by North American Rockwell. Renamed “Roughneck” in 1969.

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Submarine Beaver Mark Iv In 1970.  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Submarine Beaver Mark Iv In 1970. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

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Each of the two manipulators has a 9-ft reach, eight degrees-of-freedom, and a 50-lb lifting capacity. The two manipulators can be equipped with nine different tools to perform various tasks. These tools are: impact wrench, hook hand, parallel jaws, cable cutter, stud gun, centrifugal pump, grapple, drill chuck, and tapping chuck. Rates of motion are variable.

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Above and below photo source: Manned Submersibles, Bushby.

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Artists concept.


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