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2 December 2015

Hydrothermal Hunt: How to recover an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

The Sentry Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) can reach depths of 6,000 m (or about 3.73 miles) below sea level. It is one the best tools for detailed mapping of the water column and deep ocean floor. But even if your instrument has survived the crushing hydrostatic pressures at the bottom of the ocean, you will find another kind of pressure waiting back up on deck. Recovering unique and precious scientific equipment out of the swelling ocean and putting it back onto a moving ship is an intimidating prospect. Here AUV Program manager, Carl Kaiser, gives us his key tips for ensuring a smooth AUV recovery and how to cope when things start to go wrong.


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