General : No Other AUVs Better Than Bluefin-21 To Operate At 4,500 M – Expert

From Nik Nurfaqih Nik Wil

PERTH, April 18 (Bernama) — The Bluefin-21 deployed in the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean is considered the best autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for such an operation.

Charitha Pattiaratchi, professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia, said there might be only a few AUVs that could withstand the underwater pressure at depths of 4,500 metres, with the same capabilities as Bluefin-21.

“There are instruments that can go down to similar depths but there aren’t that many. This is the best th…
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