Technologies developed for aerospace and related applications are increasingly useful for undersea mining, a factor that helped a Lockheed Martin unit win a license to prospect for minerals in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Mexico. UK Seabed Resources, a subsidiary of a British arm of Lockheed Martin, will be looking for nodules of copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese and rare-earth minerals on the seabed about 2.5 miles deep. The company plans to use "remotely operated or autonomous underwater vehicles, pumps, suction and riser pipes to extract the minerals."

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