Autonomous Lander Instrumentation Packages for Oceanographic Research (ALIPOR) is a project funded by European Union Marine Science & Technology (MAST III) to create a European fleet of lander vehicles that can operate together in joint research projects.
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Lander vehicles are to carry out a variety of experiments ranging from sediment probes to fish scholl tracking. Three facets of lander technology are to be addressed: (1) the development of techniques to launch a fleet of landers from a single ship; (2) the development of new sensors for examining processes in the water of the deep benthic boundary layer at depths ranging from 200 to 5000 meters; and (3) the design and construction of two new types of landers, i.e. one that can carry several sensing devices and another compact one that can be operated from a small vessel.