The U.K. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has unveiled plans to develop new long-range autonomous underwater vehicles capable of under-ice and deep-ocean research. NERC will $22 million over five years to develop a new 5,000 foot depth-rated long range autosub (ALR1500) and a 20,000 foot depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (Autosub6000 Mk2). These vehicles will support future under-ice and deep-ocean science, including a number of upcoming major marine research programs such as the Changing Arctic Ocean program. The program will be carried out at the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.
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