Aquatic Robotics

AUV Practices for Icy Oceans of Europa

Posted 1 May 2007 at 19:01 UTC by steve Share This

Roland Piquepaille writes, "Three months ago, I mentioned DEPTHX, a robot built to explore deep water in Mexico. Now, scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and NASA are working on a reengineered version of the robotic probe. This new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will be called ENDURANCE. This robotic device will be used to map the icy waters of Antarctica. It will perform two exploration campaigns of West Lake Bonney, a lake perpetually trapped beneath 12 to 15 feet of ice in 2008 and 2009. Then it will be redesigned again to explore gigantic Antarctica's Lake Vostok and maybe one day the icy oceans of Europa, one of Jupiter's moons." For more details see Roland's blog post about the ENDURANCE. See also our previous mention of DEPTHX and its journey down a Mexican sinkhole.

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