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Press Release 08-139

Robot Vehicle Surveys Deep Sea Off Pacific Northwest

Autonomous underwater vehicle "eyes" sites for future ocean observatory

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Photo of Sentry, an autonomous undersea vehicle, was used for the first time this month.

Sentry, a one-of-a-kind undersea vehicle, was used successfully for the first time during an oceanographic cruise off the U.S. West Coast from July 22 - August 5, 2008.

Credit: University of Washington


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Photo of Sentry on the ocean surface.

Once launched, Sentry operates without being tethered to a ship, pre-programmed for the areas it is to map.

Credit: University of Washington


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Map showing the location of Ocean Observatory Initiative Regional Scale Nodes.

Ocean Observatory Initiative Regional Scale Nodes will give scientists a new way to learn about undersea geology and biology.

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