Cellula Robotics Ltd. (Cellula) has successfully completed a cruise support mission on the Japanese research vessel Kaimei. This was the first drilling cruise for the JAMSTEC owned CRD100.
The primary goal of the cruise was to provide a hands-on training session for drill operations, the second was to recover any cores possible from the pillow lava rock found on the seafloor 1000 meters below the surface. The drilling took place at in Sagami Bay, Japan, where the sea bed was relatively flat and firm.
During the cruise the drill completed two dives, each to about 1000msw from which multiple high-quality H-size and 146T size core samples were recovered.
Image courtesy of JAMSTEC