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How to recover an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Nov. 25 2015

The Sentry Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) can reach depths of 6,000m below sea level. It is one of our best tools for detailed mapping of the water column and deep ocean floor. But even once 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, 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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