The other half of the autonomous underwater vehicle tag team (with Puma), this robotic vehicle was designed to hover in place—like a helicopter or hummingbird—and collect photographs and high-resolution sonar maps of deep ocean vent sites. “Autonomous” vehicles are programmed aboard the ship and put into the water through a hole in the ice. They perform their missions with only minimal communication (using sound waves, or acoustics). Many hours later (10 to 24), they will have to find their way back to another hole in the ice and be recovered by the icebreaker.
Online Expeditions Featuring Jaguar
July 1 to August 10, 2007
For the first time in the history of humankind, a scientific team will attempt to reach the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to find seafloor hydrothermal vents.