Autosub6000: its first deepwater trials and science missions

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


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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: Article
ISSNs: 1756-0543 (print)
Keywords: autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), deep-diving, lithium polymer battery, underwater robotics, navigation, ultra short baseline (USBL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
ePrint ID: 66428
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:47

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