McPhail, S., Furlong, M., Huvenne, V., Perrett, J. and Pebody, M.
Autosub6000: its first deepwater trials and science missions
Underwater Technology, 28, (3), . (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.
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