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Autosub6000: its first deepwater trials and science missions

By S. McPhail, M. Furlong, V. Huvenne, J. Perrett and M. Pebody


In September 2007 on RRS Discovery, the<br/>Autosub6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)<br/>completed its first deepwater engineering trials and,<br/>fitted with a multibeam bathymetric mapping sonar,<br/>carried out its first science missions less than a year<br/>later as part of a geology and geophysics science<br/>cruise onboard the RRS James Cook. This paper<br/>describes how the issues of energy storage, navigation<br/>and buoyancy control were tackled that specifically<br/>affect a deep-diving AUV, capable of operating with<br/>true autonomy independently of the mother ship

Topics: GC, TC
Year: 2009
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