UAV 'Vityaz' will be able to create the first 3D map of the Mariana groove

The unmanned Vitiaz unmanned marine device later this year will perform the Mariana dive and create the first three-dimensional map of the track. Deputy Director General of the Potential Research Fund, Igor Denisov said in an interview with Sputnik.

Expected, Russian equipment will dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench in the fall of 2019.

Picture 1 of UAV 'Vityaz' will be able to create the first 3D map of the Mariana groove
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"The special feature of Vityaz is that it allows you to map this interesting area, which means creating a three-dimensional map of the entire groove" - Denisov said.

According to him, the Fund will embark on preparation for bringing the device to the seabed in the fall.

" The Mariana Trench is a large-scale geological formation, one and a half kilometers long and a few kilometers wide. People are already below the depths of the Mariana Trench, in Challenger Void, but we still don't have a complete picture. rectify it " - Mr. Denisov said.

The 11km deep Mariana Trench was first conquered by humans in 1960, when Jacques Picard (Switzerland) and Don Walsh (USA) used Trieste diving equipment to reach the deepest point of the Challenger Void slot. In 2012, American director James Cameron repeated this success.

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