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By Kimberly Pierceall
The Virginian-Pilot 

Researchers want to use drones for ocean floor exploration


April 30, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Society currently has better maps of the moon, Mars and Venus than of the ocean, says Dan Stilwell with Virginia Tech's marine robotics research. But he and others are attempting to paint a better picture of the sea floor, which may involve dropping drones into Hampton Roads waters.

Virginia Tech researchers and a professor at Old Dominion University have teamed up to develop a fleet of 12 underwater drones costing $125,000 each that they hope will survey the deepest parts of the ocean faster - and cheaper - than anyone has done before.

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