Un­der­wa­ter robot tested in S. China Sea

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

The Chi­nese-de­vel­oped un­der­wa­ter robot Tan­suo con­ducted its maiden test dive in the South China Sea on Mon­day.

The robot is 3.5 me­ters long and 1.5 me­ters wide and can dive t o a depth of 4,500 me­ters. It will con­duct 20 hours of col­lab­o­ra­tive op­er­a­tions with the un­manned sub­mersible Fax­ian South China Sea.

The Chi­nese re­search ves­sel Kexue left the port of Xi­a­men, Fu­jian prov­ince, on Sun­day to con­tinue its South China Sea sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tion.

Dur­ing the sec­ond stage of its mis­sion, the un­manned sub­mersible will carry a do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped Ra­man spec­trom­e­ter to take phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal mea­sure­ments, and pho­to­graph or­gan­isms.

The Kexue left Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince, on July 10 for a sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tion. It docked in Xi­a­men to re­sup­ply on Fri­day af­ter com­plet­ing the first phase of the mis­sion.

In the first stage, 12 Chi­nese-de­vel­oped un­der­wa­ter glid­ers car­ried out sci­en­tific ob­ser­va­tions in the South China Sea, send­ing back real-time data. It was the largest group of glid­ers ever to per­form si­mul­ta­ne­ous ob­ser­va­tions in the re­gion.

ZHANG XUDONG / XIN­HUA

Work­ers hoist an un­der­wa­ter sci­ence robot named Tan­suo in prepa­ra­tion for its first ex­per­i­men­tal dive on Mon­day in the South China Sea. The task is ex­pected to last about 20 hours.

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