Today's first mission will see Bluefin-21 cover an area of approximately 3 miles by 5 miles, an area of nearly 25 square miles. The search area is about 1,300 miles northwest of Perth, Australia.
"The search area, because we have got one vehicle and we go mission for mission for mission, we will adapt the search area depending on what we find on the bottom of the ocean," said Houston. "So over time, each time the vehicle goes down, it will have a defined search area. But what we do is we start from the best datum and we work outwards from there."
According to Bluefin, the robot comes with a Windows-based tool suite that handles vehicle testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.
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