Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)
Like Remotely-Operated Vehicles, AUVs are useful unmanned exploration vessels capable of going deeper, for longer, and at less cost and effort than manned submersibles. They have the added benefit of being able to act and move on their own and collect samples without constant direct input from a surface-based R/V control station.
|An exploded drawing of the large AUV, the AUTOSUB, showing some of the
instrumentation inside. (Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Project - ChEss)|
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