Dateline: Honolulu, 1 July 2012
Sunday, July 1st, started with a press event dockside hosted by expedition sponsor FedEx. Representatives of local and national media heard remarks delivered by expedition leader Ric Gillespie, TIGHAR member Col. Pat Webb, Discovery Channel Executive Producer Brooke Runnette, and Alexander “Sandy” Shor, Associate Dean of the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Afterward, the film crews were given tours of the expedition ship R/V Ka’Imikai-O-Kanaloa whose Hawaiian name, we have learned, means Heavenly Searcher of the Seas. (How cool is THAT?)
The AUV and ROV were put in the water for the first time to test the launch and recovery systems. Everything worked fine and it was exciting to see the vehicles in their natural element. SSI technician Wolfgang Burnside allowed Ric to “fly” the ROV long enough to get the feel of the controls. Ric found the vehicle powerful, agile and easy to fly.
The Bluefin 21 AUV comes out of the hangar.
Deploying the AUV
The AUV and ROV go for a swim together.