Underwater Robots

Underwater Robots

The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth's water. These oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet. Despite the large amount of range that the oceans cover, this body of water still remains a mystery for the people on this planet. Understanding the oceans around us is essential to secure our earth’s future. Because of this, a handful of scientists has made it their mission to shine a light regarding this matter. The group of people from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego devised a superb tool to investigate the ocean currents and the creatures that the ocean has. The people behind this great idea are Jules Jaffe and Peter Franks. In their recent paper, Jaffe and Franks conducted a study using the Miniature Autonomous Underwater Explorers (M-AUEs). The M-AUE is equipped with a temperature sensor and buoyancy controls that help the robot to adjust its relative depth. The robot’s first mission is to study the ocean currents by observing the movements of the planktons because planktons can exploit the ocean’s physical dynamics. The researchers plan to scale down the size of their units and beef up their swarm, building hundreds of more units to help monitor events like red tide blooms and oil spills with better accuracy. Want to know more about this awesome device? Follow this Link!

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