‘Tansuo’ underwater robot tested in South China Sea
The “Tansuo” underwater robot has conducted its maiden test dive in the South China Sea.
The robot, developed in China, can dive to depths of up to 4,500 meters.
“Tansuo” is expected to conduct 20 hours of collaborative operations with the unmanned submersible "Faxian" in the same waters.
It’s part of a scientific expedition carried out by a team aboard the vessel "Kexue" which left port in Qingdao on July 10.
The "Tansuo" being lowered into the South China Sea. /Xinhua Photo

The "Tansuo" being lowered into the South China Sea. /Xinhua Photo

During the second stage of the mission, the unmanned “Tansuo” will carry a raman spectrometer to measure marine physical and chemical parameters and take camera images of benthos organisms.
It comes after the expedition’s first stage saw a total of 12 Chinese-developed underwater gliders carry out scientific observations in the South China Sea, the largest group of gliders to perform simultaneous observations in the region.