Imagine standing on top of the Empire State Building with an 8-foot-wide claw attached to a 1-inch-diameter steel rope. You must lower the claw to the street below, grab a tiny car full of gold, and lift the car back to the top of the building… without anyone noticing.
(Just like those arcade games with the big claw that you have to try and grab a toy with).
That describes what we did in Project AZORIAN, where we used a ship called the Glomar Explorer to secretly snatch a wrecked Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the greatest intelligence successes of the Cold War.
And the claw… her name was Clementine.
One of the two courses the robots navigated during the competition.