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Robots ahoy! Mapping Earth's surface


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Less than 15% of the ocean floor depth has been measured properly.

Competition requires system to survey 500-sq-km of seabed in a day.

Team-members cannot themselves be in the survey zone at the time.

GEBCO-Nippon Foundation team has completed 24-hour trials ready XPRIZE final.

Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will create map using an echosounder.

Will be launched from the back of a robotic boat, known as SEA-KIT.

SEA-KIT may be the autonomous vessel to win the XPRIZE for best seabed mapping system

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