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The demand for deepwater (>1000 m) autonomous underwater vehicles is increasing but scientific applications are restricted due to complexity and cost of development and operation. We have acquired a commercially-available deep- water AUV and are presently operating it from vessels of opportunity. Experiences gained from both the development process and field operations are discussed and generally applicable recommendations are abstracted from specific events.
Date of Conference: Sept. 29 2007-Oct. 4 2007