Autonomous drones could search for life in Europa’s subsurface ocean

Laurel Kornfeld December 3rd, 2016 Image Credit: NASA Autonomous drones capable of making their own decisions could someday be used to search for signs of life in the subsurface oceans of icy outer solar system worlds such as Europa. As part of an ongoing research project aimed at developing robotic submersible drones, researchers representing NASA and several other institutions recently tested six drones, using them to study changes in temperature and salinity beneath the waves of Monterey Bay, California. Coordinated to work together as a fleet, the drones traveled for miles. They faced hazards such as potentially corrosive saltwater, entanglement in forests of kelp, and even sharks, who at times attempted to bite their wings. In spite of these hazards, submersible drones are now frequently used for ocean research, because…


Link to Full Article: Autonomous drones could search for life in Europa’s subsurface ocean

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Join Our Newsletter

Sign up to our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates about homeAI.info and the Informed.AI Network of AI related websites which includes Events.AI, Neurons.AI, Awards.AI, and Vocation.AI

You have Successfully Subscribed!