China’s autonomous underwater vehicle dived 7,709 meters, a new record

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Apr 05, 2021 (China Knowledge) - China’s Harbin Engineering University (HEU) has developed a full-ocean depth autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) named Wukong, which dived 7,709 meters, breaking the previous record of 5,016 & 6,656 meters.

Wukong’s deep sea expedition dived in February and March before returning to Qingdao in China’s Shandong Province last Thursday. It cruised for 3 hours and 15 minutes, taking 15,43 pictures and 144 minutes of video footage.

The 7,709 meters record is only second to Russian’s AUV Vityaz-D. This exploration of deep-sea technology is a joint operation between the State Key of Underwater Robot Technology in HEU, the Shenyang Institute of Automation and the Institute of Oceanology both affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and China's National Deep Sea Centre.

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