33 U.S. Code § 3424 - Research, exploration, education, and technology programs
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(a) In general
The following research, exploration, education, and technology programs shall be conducted through the network of regional centers and the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology:
(2) Advanced undersea technology development to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research mission and programs.
(3) Undersea science-based education and outreach programs to enrich ocean science education and public awareness of the oceans and Great Lakes.
(4) Development, testing, and transition of advanced undersea technology associated with ocean observatories, submersibles, advanced diving technologies, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and new sampling and sensing technologies.