Robotic submarine the REMUS 6000 from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has discovered lost Spanish Galleon the San José. The wreck was discovered off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 27, 2015 but could not be revealed until now due to legal matters.
The Boston Globe states:
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has revealed that one of its robot submarines played a key role in the discovery of a sunken Spanish galleon that might contain billions of dollars’ worth of treasure.
Remus 6000 can go down 3.7 miles for up to 22 hours and can travel at a top speed of 5 knots. Remus 600 also has the following sensors / capabilities:
- Dual-frequency Side-Scan Sonar – Two arrays of underwater speaker/microphones that look out and down on either side of the AUV.
- Custom Digital Camera w/Strobe Light – Just like regular camera with flash.
- Multibeam Profiling Sonar – Pings seafloor to create 3D image.
- Sub-Bottom Profiling Sonar – Sound beam to see what is buried under sandy bottom.
- Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth Sensor (CTD) -Measures saltiness of the water, water temperature, and vehicle depth.