Scarlet Knight, R.I.P.
We have such sad news to report. The Rutgers University undersea robot RU-17 went 3,500 miles towards its destination of Spain, then disappeared about 250 miles northwest of Flores Island in the Azores. Scott M. Glenn, the head of the team says that he believes it is on the bottom of the ocean. The Scarlet Knight was last heard from Oct. 28. when it sent a message that its internals sensors detected a leak.
While the project may have accomplished its mission of getting students more involved in oceanic sciences, we still hope that maybe RU17 will phone home or be found. Another trek is planned next March.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at November 24, 2008 8:48 AM