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Monday, June 18, 2007: SCINI gets wet!
We put the ROV body sections in the water for the first time today, to check buoyancy calculations and trim configuration.


As expected, SCINI is heavy in the butt (or airy in the head) without any innards but that will change when we add the navigation, camera, and propulsion systems. The three good things we learned were
  1. all the pieces fit together
  2. the watertight sections do not leak (they have been pressure tested as well)
  3. as calculated, there is enough excess buoyancy to accommodate the hardware.

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