City anchor: IP Univ students develop vehicle to explore the deep sea

Apart from deep sea research activities and rescue operations, the group claims the AUV can be applied to a range of other functions — underwater mine surveys, ocean floor mapping, oil and natural gas explorations.

"Besides underwater archaeology, the vehicle can be used by the Navy and the Coast Guards. It also has major application in the oil and gas industries," Jain said.

Ashok Mittal, principal of Ambedkar Institute of Technology, who had mentored the students at the initial stage of the project, said, "The vehicle can carry out multiple functions. The project was funded by NIOT, Chennai, and by our institute. The data communication was developed by the students. Because of the limited funds, normal thrusters were used instead of high-value ones. Once the high value thrusters are attached, the vehicle can cope with high pressure in oceans."

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