An uncrewed robotic surface vessel that can deploy and recover autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) has been developed.
The team behind the technology, GEBCO-NF, won this year’s Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE which looks for the best new technology to map the seafloor. The team say the $7m (£5.5m) prize money will help fund their future ocean projects.
More than 80% of the ocean floor is still unexplored.
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By launching underwater vehicles in situ the boat will allow more time to survey the ocean floor.