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Autosub6000: its first deepwater trials and science missions

McPhail, S.; Furlong, M.; Huvenne, V.; Perrett, J.; Pebody, M.. 2009 Autosub6000: its first deepwater trials and science missions. Underwater Technology, 28 (3). 91-98. 10.3723/ut.28.091

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Abstract/Summary

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

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3723/ut.28.091
ISSN: 17560543
Additional Keywords: autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), deep-diving, lithium polymer battery, underwater robotics, navigation, ultra short baseline (USBL)
Date made live: 12 Jun 2009 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/166428

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