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Operating and managing the JAMSTEC-owned Shinkai 6500, Kaiko 7000Ⅱ, Hyper Dolphin, Urashima, Benkei, and Deep Tow.

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  Manned research submersible Shinkai 6500
Manned research submersible Shinkai 6500

The manned reseach submersible Shinkai 6500 can dive to a maximum operating depth of 6,500 m, at present the greatest diving depth obtainable by any manned submersible. The Shinkai 6500 holds three persons. In March 2007, the Shinkai 6500 made its 1,000th dive.
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  Remotely operated vehicle Kaiko 7000?
Remotely operated vehicle Kaiko 7000Ⅱ

The remotely operated vehicle Kaiko 7000 Ⅱ is a seabed survey robot capable of performing surveys at a maximum depth of 7,000 m. (The launcher part of the Kaiko system, when used alone, has a maximum operating depth of 10,000 m.) When the coupled Kaiko 7000Ⅱ and launcher dive, the Kaiko 7000Ⅱ is uncoupled from the launcher 100 m above the seabed in the target area, and surveying starts.
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  Remotely operated vehicle Hyper Dolphin
Remotely operated vehicle Hyper Dolphin

Equipped with a high-sensitivity HDTV camera and high-performance sampling and research systems, the Hyper Dolphin is a seabed survey robot capable of performing surveys at a maximum operating depth of 3,000 m.
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  Deep-sea cruising AUV Urashima
Deep-sea cruising AUV Urashima

The AUV Urashima is a prototype for an autonomous underwater robot, another name for which is autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). An AUV operates according to a preset program or the current setup values. At present, the Urashima's functionality is being enhanced to prepare it for full normal operation in the future.
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  Towing vehicle Deep Tow
Towing vehicle Deep Tow

The Deep Tow is a seabed exploration device equipped with a 60 Hz side scan sonar developed independently by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). The Deep Tow reproduces clear-cut seabed images and has been used to search for wrecked ships
 
 

Performance

Research navigation record

You can check the research navigation record for vehicles by looking at the diving point chart below.
Diving points from 2003 to 2006
Diving points by manned submersibles and unmanned exploration vehicles in the period from 2003 to 2006 Diving points by manned submersibles and unmanned exploration vehicles in the period from 2003 to 2006
Diving points by manned submersibles and unmanned exploration vehicles in the period from 2003 to 2006 Diving points by manned submersibles and unmanned exploration vehicles in the period from 2003 to 2006
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