Exploration of Underwater Volcano Teisi by Autonomous Underwater Vehicle “R-One Robot”
Kenji Nagahashi*, Takashi Obara* and Tamaki Ura**
*Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd (MES), 1-1, Tama 3-chome, Tamano, Okayama 706-8651, Japan
**Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) at the University of Tokyo, 4-6-1, Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8505 Japan
This paper presents the exploration of underwater volcano (Teisi Knoll, Ito City, Shizuoka Pref.) by an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) “R-One Robot” in October 2000. The “R-One Robot” was launched from the research vessel (R/V) Kaiyo in the scheduled submerging area, autonomously ascertained the direction for diving into the sea, navigated precisely passing through all way points, and lastly, surfaced right on the point as programmed. The robot succeeded in taking acoustics photographs of the crater by Side Scan Sonar on the bottom of the robot.
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