A sad day for our underwater cousins:


"The ABE (Autonomous Benthic Explorer) has used its on-board acoustic transponders and five thrusters to scan the seafloor for over 15 years - locating, mapping, and photographing hydrothermal vents, volcanoes, and other features of the great deep. Marked with "NCC1701" due to its resemblance to Captain Kirk's ship, ABE has performed more than 200 missions collecting valuable data for researchers worldwide. But something went wrong last Friday on an expedition off the coast of Chile and ABE just stopped - nothing was ever heard again. No word yet on whether ABE can be located or recovered."

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 10, 2010 at 5:30pm
They were very mellow about it, stating that it was being re cycled by the ocean ;-)

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Comment by Mark Colwell on March 10, 2010 at 5:37pm
I hope it is recovered. Should finish life in a museum, as It made history

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Comment by Morli on March 10, 2010 at 5:43pm
yep , it earned its place in history , should be worth to find it and display in museum

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on March 10, 2010 at 5:48pm
Possibly crushed by an underseas landslide? Chile just had a major quake recently!

Regards,
TCIII
Comment by Jason on March 10, 2010 at 6:03pm
James Cameron will find it : )

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on March 10, 2010 at 6:19pm
Jason,

"James Cameron will find it : )" No way, he is still on Pandora.

Regards,
TCIII
Comment by Ryan on March 10, 2010 at 6:22pm
It's not lost, they just don't know where it is :)

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Comment by Mark Colwell on March 10, 2010 at 6:32pm
Under sea landslide could be game over! Hope it's just missing...
Comment by passunca on March 10, 2010 at 6:32pm
The people who work for so long with autonomous vehicles start to care about them like pets i guess... i hope they find ABE.
Has anyone ever tried the ardupilot on a AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle)? That is also a very cool and challenging area do to some DIY stuff.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on March 10, 2010 at 7:49pm
Maybe someone should make a device that searches for lost AUVs, UAVs and AVs...it would be a LAVF (Lost Autonomous Vehicle Finder) ;)

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