Long-range AUV Passes First Trials11/03/2011
|Autosub Long Range has successfully completed its first set of sea trials at a location in the deep Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles south-west of the Canary Islands. Hosted by research ship the RRS Discovery, this is the latest in the Autosub series of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), .|
The trials were a success in all of these respects: the AUV flew straight and level, with deviation in depth of only a few centimetres, and heading and pitch controlled to within 0.5 degrees. The Autosub engineering team, lead by Steve McPhail of the NOC, also obtained very useful data on the vehicles hydrodynamic drag and control properties.
Image: The Autosub L R engineering team, happy at the success and safe completion of the RRS Discovery Cruise 360. From left to right: Alex Phillips, Maaten Furlong, Miles Pebody, Steve McPhail, Peter Stevenson, James Perrett, Mario Brito, Leo Steenson. Autosub LR , with top panel removed revealing the two main pressure spheres (forward - battery, aft - control system, ADCP).
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