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China's 'underwater Robot' Conducts Ultra-long Undersea Scientific Research In Antarctica For The First Time

May 04, 2020

Recently, according to domestic media reports, the "Exploration 1000" underwater robot developed by the Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences completed a 35-hour trial to the sea and obtained a batch of marine news data for the Antarctic low area. This is also the first time that a domestic underwater robot has carried out scientific research activities at high altitudes in Antarctica for a long time.

According to Jiang Zhibin, an expedition member of the Xuelong, the "Exploration 1000" underwater robot began to be developed as early as 2013. The Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences was responsible for the overall technical design and was jointly developed with the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

At the same time, "Exploration 1000" underwater robots have successively participated in China's Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and South China Sea sea area experiments. While conducting scientific research and exploration, they have also tested their reliable functional characteristics.

It is reported that the underwater robot can travel over 1,000 kilometers in the sea area with a depth of not more than 800 meters under the surface of the water, and it can carry ocean data such as ocean current, CTD (temperature and salt depth), turbidity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, etc. Scientific research equipment.

In this experiment, the underwater robot successfully sailed in the water for more than 35 hours, with a range of 68 kilometers, and 17 sea planes were detected in the Antarctic sea area. The observation depth was 100 meters, and all the detection data were normal. .

This also means that the underwater robots independently developed by China can detect marine news data in extreme environments such as extremely low high latitudes and high cold. And also laid a good technical foundation for the next step of China's development of under-ice robots.