JRM Vol.28 No.1 pp. 91-94
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2016.p0091

Development Report:

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle “BOSS-A” for Acoustic and Visual Survey of Manganese Crusts

Yuya Nishida*, Kenji Nagahashi**, Takumi Sato**, Adrian Bodenmann**, Blair Thornton**, Akira Asada**, and Tamaki Ura*

*Kyushu Institute of Technology
2-4 Hibikino, Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0196, Japan
**The University of Tokyo
4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8505, Japan

August 25, 2015
December 8, 2015
February 20, 2016
autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), manganese crust, 3D mapping

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle “BOSS-A” for Acoustic and Visual Survey of Manganese Crusts

Autonomous underwater vehicle BOSS-A

In order to effectively investigate the distribution and amount of cobalt-rich manganese crust (CRC), an autonomous underwater vehicle BOSS-A equipped with visual and acoustic instruments were developed. BOSS-A observes the seafloor along preset waypoints at a constant speed and altitude. Detailed 3D seafloor images can be obtained from the visual instrument, which employs a sheet laser and a camera. In addition, an acoustic instrument measures the CRC thickness beneath BOSS-A. The CRC at Katayama seamount was surveyed in February. The results visually presented the state and distribution of the CRC in this site and clarified the amount of the CRC. In the future, the authors will develop a more reliable thickness measurement method.

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