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Advances in Chinese ocean gliders are overhyped

1st August 2017 - 05:37 GMT | by Ian Keddie in Toronto


Chinese press recently reported on a new expedition of domestically-made glider autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). 

According to multiple reports, the research vessel Kexue simultaneously deployed 12 Haiyi ‘Sea Wing’ gliders for a month-long mission organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Regarding the latest deployment, programme scientist Yu Jiancheng claimed, ‘The data is being transmitted back to a land-based laboratory in real time.’ 

Gliders are usually deployed for several weeks and the data they collect gives a comprehensive picture of oceanographic conditions over that period. 

A glider at sea is unlikely to be transmitting live data due to bandwidth

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Ian Keddie


Ian Keddie

Ian Keddie is a Shephard correspondent based in Toronto, Canada.

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