Friday, August 17, 2007

Univ of Delaware AUV Searches the Black Sea

University of Delaware marine scientists will use the
83-inch-long, 240-pound DOERRI (Delaware
Oceanographic and Environmental Research Remote Instrument) to map
the floor of the Black Sea off Sevastopol, Ukraine, on missions up
to 14 hours long and depths up to 200 meters (656 ft).
The goal is to learn more about hidden geological features, ancient
trade routes, and its maritime history. Maybe even a shipwreck or two.
On-board sensors measure salinity, temperature, and oxygen levels, while
two types of sonar systems map the sea floor.
Redundant processors are also employed to ensure the craft's safe return.


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