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UH marine scientists acquire deep-diving robot

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:08 p.m. HST, Oct 20, 2013

Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology welcomed a new remotely operated vehicle to its fleet last week.

The new vehicle, named Luukai ("sea diver"), is capable of descending more than three miles and will be used to explore waters around the state and throughout the Pacific Basin. Luukai is equipped with manipulator arms, lights, sonar and high-definition still and video cameras.

According to a SOEST release, the new vehicle will support operations at the ALOHA Cabled Observatory and provide submersible capability to UH research vessels R/V Kaimikai O Kanaloa and R/V Kilo Moana.

Luukai's first scientific mission is scheduled for Dec. 2.

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artmurch wrote:
New wonders will be revealed! I hope some of the images will be made public.
on October 21,2013 | 06:27AM
Mythman wrote:
Odd, the story tells us nothing about where this object came from or how it came to be acquired. It's a PR piece, not news, per se. Why not tell us the whole story, SA?
on October 21,2013 | 07:24AM
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