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What the vehicles are doing beneath the surface…


The Waitt Institute AUVs take roughly three hours to dive nearly four miles below the ocean’s surface. The AUVs then use side scan sonar to map the ocean floor in long overlapping lanes, referred to as “mowing the lawn.” At the end of each operation—known as a sortie—the AUVs drop a small weight and begin the long climb back to the surface.