News Articles with Category: Gliders

Unmanned ocean glider sails to Sri Lanka in research mission

November 4, 2016 - via SL Times The glider's course would follow the historic four-year voyage of the HMS Challenger, which set off in 1872, and the data collected would be compared to that of those early oceanographic pioneers to see how the Indian Ocean has changed.

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Ocean Glider sets sail for Sri Lanka

November 4, 2016 - via University of Western Australia Challenger is expected to take 12 months to travel from Fremantle to Galle, Sri Lanka before it attempts to circumnavigate the rim of the Indian Ocean, taking a further two years.

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

November 1, 2016 - via Marine Technology Reporter Today, with advances in technology, gliders operate with little or no need for powered systems and are typically used offshore to investigate environmental, metocean or water-mass structures.

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Liquid Robotics and Boeing Demonstrated Groundbreaking Autonomous Maritime Warfare Capabilities at the British Royal Navy's Unmanned Warrior Demonstration

October 31, 2016 - via Liquid Robotics Over the two-week demonstration, the SHARCs successfully detected and tracked an advancing unmanned underwater vehicle and most significantly -- a manned diesel submarine.

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To Track Down Bloodsucking Lampreys, This Robot Swims Like a Fish

October 26, 2016 - via Michigan State University GRACE packs a powerful tail fin to propel it forward. This is supplemented by a glider system: By changing its buoyancy, GRACE can propel itself forward by ascending and descending through the water column.

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Gliders provide in-depth scientific data on Lake Superior

October 22, 2016 - via University of Minnesota Duluth UMD’s glider research creates base data that supplements the EPA’s research on water quality and can be used to determine changes in the lake

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Teledyne Webb Research Releases New Glider Piloting Software – Piloting Made Easy

October 12, 2016 - via Teledyne Webb Research The new SFMC software suite offers customers some key benefits including active vehicle tracking and mission planning, consolidated data management, the ability to access piloting tools from any platform including tablets and smartphones, and increased security with individual login accounts and multi-level permission sets

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App allows the public to follow whales off Atlantic coast

September 27, 2016 - via CBC News Unmanned deep diving gliders equipped with voice recognition software are allowing scientists — and now the public — to follow large baleen whales as they swim off the coast of Atlantic Canada.

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'On-demand' Autonomous Marine Water Sampling

September 26, 2016 - via Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science The integrated Cefas Water Sampler allowed scientists to collect 11 samples, on demand, over the duration of the mission by sending commands over the Iridium satellite network.

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Fleet of AUVs deployed off UK

September 23, 2016 - via National Oceanography Centre Over 20 organizations are working closely together to share resources and expertise on this deployment. Industry partners providing vehicles and piloting support include Liquid Robotics, Boeing, RS Aqua and Blue Ocean Monitoring, Royal Navy are deploying and recovering the submarine gliders, software experts such as Esri UK, Helyx and SeeByte will help us visualize incoming data, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory and UK Met Office will ensure we have the most up-to-date satellite images and weather forecasts to support mission planning.

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Underwater gliders could improve hurricane predictions

September 22, 2016 - via WHOI/NOAA Over the past several years, NOAA has worked in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to develop and deploy the remotely controlled gliders during the hurricane season. They are designed to delve into the heart of a storm where they then feed real-time information via satellite to scientists.

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Stealthy underwater comms drone for nuclear subs tested in Russia

September 16, 2016 - via MAKO Fugu is intended to be used as both a sensor platform and a communication relay, which would allow a submerged submarine to communicate via satellite link without surfacing and exposing it to the enemy

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PLA Navy eyes China’s deep-sea underwater glider after successful test shows it rivals US vessel

September 1, 2016 - via South China Morning Post Chinese military’s interest piqued after Haiyi-7000 makes it 5,751 metres down world’s deepest ocean trench

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Robots Help Map England’s Deepwater Canyons

September 16, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre Using a newly-developed sideways-directed echo-sounder, the Autosub6000 robot-sub, maintained by the NOC, was able to map vertical walls within the canyon with a resolution of 3-5m per pixel.

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Kongsberg European Seaglider Support Center

August 20, 2015 - via Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc The new support center will begin stocking spare parts and battery refurbishment kits immediately and will have the capacity to perform standard vehicle battery refurbishment services and minor system repairs by Q4 2015.

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Scots underwater robots help tackle climate change

July 31, 2015 - via Scottish Association for Marine Science The Scottish Marine Robotics Facility is a lot more than just toys for scientists, it’s really about the new understanding that our scientists will generate”

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Europe's first ultra-deep-sea robotic glider to monitor deep sea pollution

July 18, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre As Europe’s first ultra-deep-sea robot glider, the craft is capable of reaching 75 percent of the world's oceans to depths of up to 5,000 m (16,400 ft).

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On This Sea Cruise, Drones Train to Be the Underwater Explorers of the Future

May 22, 2015 - via Australian Centre for Field
 Robotics Unmanned ocean robots can go where humans cannot. But first they gotta learn to work together.

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Local researchers send underwater robots to assist in response to Santa Barbara oil spill

May 20, 2015 - via Scripps Institute of Oceanography The one near Santa Barbara owns a critical mission. "Our goal is to help," said researcher Dan Rudnick. "All of our data right now is being fed real time into these models."

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Meet the AutoNaut

May 14, 2015 - via MOST Submarine AutoNaut is the only vessel on the market which uses pitch and roll to propel herself forwards. The monohull has a draft of less than half a meter which reduces fouling and entanglement and increases efficiency; sensors mounted through the hull also have an uninterrupted view of the water column below. The hull is carefully designed so that in the event of capsize, she rights herself and carries on with her mission.

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NIWA’s glider launched into service for sea science

May 4, 2015 - via National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research The aim of this research programme is to understand how cross-shelf exchange processes (boundary currents and upwelling) influence coastal productivity, biogeochemistry and ecosystem connectivity.

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Listening for whales and fish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

April 30, 2015 - via NOAA Stretching from the northern Gulf of Maine to the New York Bight in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, NEPAN provides year-round, long-term information on the presence and physical distribution of vocal whales, dolphins and porpoises and some fish species. The archived and near-real-time data comes from recorders on various platforms ranging from fixed bottom mounted and surface buoys to mobile underwater vehicles and surface wave gliders.

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Blue Ocean Monitoring Completes PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara Contract

April 27, 2015 - via Blue Ocean Monitoring BOM’s Slocum Glider, an autonomous underwater vehicle, was deployed to monitor that the tailings were not being disbursed into the coastal environment of Sumbawa or surface waters.

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KUTI Delivers First Vehicle with RSI Turbulence Sensor

April 22, 2015 - via Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc This new Seaglider with the RSI sensor will allow us to map ocean turbulence and mixing rates over much wider areas than possible with a traditional microstructure profiler

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The Future of Unmanned Underwater Systems

April 22, 2015 - via Marine Technology News Interview with Liquid Robotics' Graham Hine



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Brave Robots are Roaming the Oceans for Science

April 13, 2015 - via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute So while aerial drones may get all the love, it’s autonomous underwater vehicles like the one the Paragon just snagged that are doing the grunt work of ocean science. They’re the vanguard of the robotization of Earth’s oceans.

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Underwater glider touches down in Wellington

March 30, 2015 - via National Institute of Water and Atmosphere The Slocum Glider is one of about 500 around the world but is the first in New Zealand.

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Ocean glider helps keep an eye on marine life

March 11, 2015 - via Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station Scientists are using the Wave Glider, along with a network of stationary buoys, to detect when tagged animals get within range of acoustic receivers.

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Underwater research device worth $200k found after two years missing off WA coast

March 10, 2015 - via Schmidt Ocean Institute A team from UWA, together with researchers from the Western Australian Museum, CSIRO and the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy, found the device near the end of a 12-day expedition surveying the undersea canyon using a remote operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time.

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Navy Deploys Drones Under Arctic Ice Ahead of Increased Ship Presence

March 2, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research Navy scientists are using unmanned underwater autonomous robots, or drones, to examine what’s called the marginal ice zone – the portion of frozen ocean’s packed ice that meets open water

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Oregon Coast Scientists Look to Robots That Think Like Fish

February 25, 2015 - via Oregon State University OSU plans to outfit a pair of undersea gliders with acoustical sensors to identify biological “hot spots” in the coastal ocean. They also hope to develop an onboard computing system that will program the gliders to perform different functions depending on what they encounter.

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A tale of two poles

January 26, 2015 - via University of Delaware Tracking penguins and rescuing robots all in a day's work for UD researchers

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A Cape project to save the cod: Robot `torpedoes" seek the fish's spawning grounds

January 12, 2015 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientists believe that cod spawning areas may be so small that they are going largely undetected and unprotected. Cod mate mainly in inshore state waters, in densely packed cone-shaped schools researchers call haystacks. Males emit grunting sounds to attract females and warn off competitors. “We are hoping the gliders will find the areas we don’t know about.”

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'Torpedoes' help scientists find cod spawning grounds

December 29, 2014 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute WHOI Slocum gliders listen for Cod

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Ocean gliding robots used to study melting Antarctic sheet ice

November 17, 2014 - via Caltech The gliders observed that temperature and salinity, working together, create a situation whereby the warmest water is not on top, but actually sandwiched in the middle layers of the water.

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Ocean Aero All About Ocean Observation

November 11, 2014 - via Ocean Aero We are developing a game changing unmanned maritime robot that will be able to operate on and under the surface of the ocean. Our “Submaran” vessel gives our customers the ability sense and observe the oceans both on the surface and beneath the surface—for months at time.”

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Remote-control robots reveal why the Antarctic ice sheet is melting

November 10, 2014 - via Caltech A new study, published in Nature Geoscience, shows how underwater robots are helping scientists to find the answer.

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Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

November 4, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre This second phase builds on the success of Phase 1 and allows us to test the vehicle fleet in coastal waters. Using autonomous surface vehicles in combination with fixed seabed assets significantly enhances the scientific value of the system.

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AutoNaut proves herself in Atlantic storm

October 21, 2014 - via MOST (AV) We are delighted that the AutoNaut has successfully completed its first major offshore mission, and that the scientific sensors including the towed array have been safely recovered. It is encouraging to see that the novel camera system has already captured high-quality images of seabirds in the offshore environment, and we are excited about analysing the data in the coming weeks

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As Bermuda braces for Gonzalo, underwater glider studies hurricane impact

October 17, 2014 - via Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences The hope is that by gathering a series of measurements over the 10 hours that hurricane-force winds are expected affect the area, Anna's perspective from underneath the water will yield additional insights into the interplay between the ocean and the storm.

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Robot fleet observes marine life in the open ocean

October 2, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre The range of vehicles and instruments being deployed at the same time is unique, and they will generate vast amounts of valuable scientific data. One advantage of using robotic vehicles is that they are relatively small and quiet compared to research ships, so they are ideal for making observations of marine life.

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Big robot fleet takes to UK waters

October 2, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre The target for the deployment is an area of ocean marking the boundary between Atlantic waters and tidal waters from the English Channel - what's known as an ocean front. Fronts like this usually create upwelling that brings nutrients from the seabed towards the surface and encourages plankton to thrive. That in turn attracts fish, whales, dolphins and porpoises.

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Robofish gets new mission: finding Nemo

September 24, 2014 - via Michigan State University The ultimate goal is to track the movements of the fish, including lake trout, walleye and lake sturgeon, to identify important habitats, understand why they move from one place to another, and how they are being affected by invasive species such as sea lampreys.

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SeaExplorer: bags of potential

September 4, 2014 - via ACSA ACSA’s record-breaking glider confirms potential for scientific, commercial and military applications

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A glide-path to knowledge

August 9, 2014 - via UW/APL A determined effort to understand the Arctic is going on, in the sea and on the ice

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Underwater gliders could solve ecological mystery about endangered whales

August 5, 2014 - via Dahlhouse University Canadian and American scientists are getting ready to deploy autonomous underwater vehicles around the Scotian shelf to look for rare North Atlantic right whales and learn more about their habitats.

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Liquid Robotics Ocean Glider Collects Weather Data of Typhoon Rammasun

July 23, 2014 - via Liquid Robotics The Wave Glider was remotely piloted through the storm collecting and transmitting vital and rare, real time wave, temperature, conductivity and current data all from the surface of the ocean. Collecting current data to 100 meters and full directional wave spectrum data, this encounter gives scientists a unique picture of the horrific surface conditions during this type of event.

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The newest tool for offshore exploration: ocean-going drones

July 11, 2014 - via Fortune Nearly all of the major international oil and gas companies are experimenting with robotic technology, and most are using Liquid Robotics to do so.

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NOAA Conducts Ocean Acidification Survey Off Alaska

July 9, 2014 - via NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Earlier this spring, scientists launched two Carbon Wave Gliders and a Slocum underwater glider into the Gulf of Alaska to collect data for five months.

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Russian Navy plans on commissioning undersea reconnaissance drone in 2 years

June 26, 2014 - via Russian Navy Stealthy, highly autonomous torpedo-like underwater vessels equipped with multiple sensors and detectors are expected to remain operational for up to 90 days, monitoring an assigned maritime area and reporting emergency intrusions to a command operations center.

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Large Glider Experiment in the Sardinian Sea

June 16, 2014 - via Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) In REP14-MED, a large number of gliders from different Institutions and manufacturers are simultaneously at sea to collect ocean physical data in order to to improve the performance of ocean forecast models; diagnose and predict physical properties of the waters west of Sardinia; develop and test efficient sampling strategies; develop and test new methods to characterise the seabed; record underwater ambient noise; and test recent developments in underwater observation techniques.

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Autonomous Submarine Drones: Cheap, Endless Patroling

June 5, 2014 - via From all this, it is clear that submarine drones will become an important part of the navies’ equipment!

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Not A Shark, But A Robot: Chinese University Tests Long-Range Unmanned Mini Sub

June 4, 2014 - via Popular Science The Haiyan is currently a civilian platform, targeted for purposes of scientific exploration of marine biology, seabeds and to aid search and rescue missions

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VIMS scientist uses underwater gliders to study the Virginia coast

June 2, 2014 - via Virginia Institute of Marine Science His studies have focused on the Mid-Atlantic Bight, an offshore coastal region with a complex topography of canyons and circuitous shoreline that affect the area's biology, chemistry, geology and fisheries.

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Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

May 29, 2014 - via Michigan Technological University ROUGHIEs will be modular, allowing users to swap out different components depending on what tasks the drones undertake. And they will cost a fraction of the price of a commercial model to build.

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China’s self-developed underwater glider finishes sea trial

May 28, 2014 - via Tianjin University The Haiyan underwater glider can go 1,500 meters underwater; its maximum voyage is 1,000 kilometers and it can work 30 days continuously.

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Navy Submarine Drones Will Predict the Weather Months In Advance

March 14, 2014 - via Defense One The Slocum glider is the most recognizable drone that the Navy and others use in research. These 5 foot-long sea robots collect data on their environment every few seconds and can descend to depths of 4,000 feet. The Navy plans to increase the number of those drones from 65 to 150 by 2015.

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Iridium and Rutgers University Partner for Challenger Glider Mission

March 10, 2014 - via Rutgers COOL Rutgers University's Coastal Ocean Observation Lab Will Gather an Unprecedented Dataset From All Five Ocean Basins

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AutoNaut is to be launched on the world stage at Oceanology International 2014.

January 6, 2014 - via MOST(AV) Hull motions in waves are converted directly, silently, into propulsive thrust. This gives speeds of up to 3 knots for a 3.5m vessel.

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MUN's underwater robot still on the missing list

December 27, 2013 - via Memorial University The search has taken staff from the university on plenty of wild-goose chases

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Seagliders Go Where People Can’t

December 25, 2013 - via UW APL While its top speed is low, the vehicle’s extremely long endurance allows it to traverse thousands of kilometers in a single deployment. The vehicle is relatively small and lightweight, enabling deployment via small vessels of opportunity.

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How Scientific Sea Drones Are Becoming the Eyes of the Navy

December 11, 2013 - via Popular Mechanics Where the gliders can have the biggest impact are the places where the Navy can't or isn't allowed to go.

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The SeaExplorer underwater glider breaks World Record

December 5, 2013 - via ACSA-ALCEN Reaching the mythic milestone of 60 days and a total of 1183 kilometers on a single battery charge, the SeaExplorer glider has successfully set a duration and distance record.

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Exocetus Development LLC sets New Shallow water record for Coastal Glider

November 25, 2013 - via Exocetus The Exocetus Glider was surprisingly able to successfully complete 180 degree turns in waters as shallow as 3 m

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Robotic ‘Gliders’ Finish Two-Month Survey Of Waters Around Scilly

November 14, 2013 - via National Oceanography Centre The gliders operating around the north and west of Scilly this year are part of a Defra study into the marine life in areas where the deep ocean water meets the continental shelf.

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Ocean Drones Plumb New Depths

November 11, 2013 - via Rutgers COOL These drones are the centerpiece of “Gliderpalooza,” a collaborative ocean-survey experiment coordinated by 16 American and Canadian government agencies and research teams.

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Underwater gliders help predict the next big storm

October 29, 2013 - via Rutgers COOL Data collected during Hurrican Sandy is being analyzed to increase readiness for future superstorms

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Underwater glider fleet launches to study Atlantic

October 7, 2013 - via Virginia Pilot A bunch of scientists decided to put our resources together and demonstrate what a fleet of these vehicles covering the whole East Coast can do

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Georgia robot in fleet of ocean research machines

October 6, 2013 - via Skidaway Institute In all, 12 to 16 autonomous underwater robotic vehicles are being deployed. The gliders will be available through the peak fall Atlantic storm season to collect data on ocean conditions, which will help improve scientists' understanding of hurricanes and pave the way for future improvements in hurricane intensity forecasts.

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Liquid Robotics Awards $50K to PacX Challenge Winner


October 1, 2013 - via Liquid Robotics The top prize went to Dr. Tracy Villareal, a marine science professor at the University of Texas Austin, who focused his research on comparing spatial data from satellite streams to data collected by the Wave Gliders. The research spans a wide range of ocean research topics, like turbidity, weather, hydrography and chlorophyll fluorescence.

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Ocean-sampling robot gliders tracking animals, providing storm data

September 13, 2013 - via Dalhousie University Ocean-sampling robot gliders tracking animals, providing storm data

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Navy researchers choose underwater glider UUV sensors from AML Oceanographic

September 13, 2013 - via Naval Postgraduate School Monterey This purchase upcoming sensor purchase from AML is for the replacement of advanced oceanographic environmental sensors for the autonomous gliders.

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NOC Prepares Autosub for Ambitious Antarctic Mission

September 11, 2013 - via National Oceanography Centre Using state-of-the-art technologies, science teams will measure changes to the flow and thickness of glaciers and investigate the role that the ocean plays in transporting warm water beneath ice shelves.

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NOAA, government and academia partners deploy underwater robots to improve hurricane science

September 9, 2013 - via NOAA ‘Gliders’ collect ocean data off East Coast

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Teledyne Webb Research Reaches Third Milestone of U.S. Navy LBS-Glider Program

August 26, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb Research Teledyne Webb Research has delivered 84 gliders under this program. This FRP Phase Three calls for thirty two (32) additional gliders (six 200 metergliders and twenty six 1000m gliders).

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NOAA asks industry for long-endurance UUV to profile ocean temperatures and salinity

August 21, 2013 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics A long-endurance unmanned submersible able to operate over vast ocean areas for months at a time while using a minimum of electric power.

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NOC Tests Glider Endurance in the Irish Sea

August 16, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb Research The mission has provided over 10,000 profiles of the water column from the near surface to 100metres deep.

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Autonomous ocean gliders improve environmental studies

August 13, 2013 - via Texas A&M Researchers at Texas A&M are working to discover more about these murky depths with new unmanned, missile-shaped Slocum gliders.



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The Wabbler

August 13, 2013 - via P J Media The USN, in its desire to maintain is dominance of the waves, actually plans to seed the oceans with Wabblers.

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Kongsberg Maritime: Seaglider™ AUV Debuts at AUVSI 2013

August 12, 2013 - via Kongsberg Maritime The first vehicle from the new Kongsberg Maritime business unit, Underwater Glider Systems

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UC Davis report explores gain in Lake Tahoe clarity

August 4, 2013 - via UC Davis An underwater glider that cruised the lake for 11 days in May helped document “internal waves” that can spread pollutants,

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U.S. Navy Personnel Trained on Sea Glider Underwater Drone

July 29, 2013 - via UW APL The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command says the training took place over one week and included hands-on assembly and testing, launch preparation, launch, piloting, recovery, breakdown and wash-down.

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Underwater Gliders Usher in a New Era in Ocean Observing for Texas A&M

July 20, 2013 - via TAMU After tests about 40 miles offshore Galveston, Texas A&M oceanographers declared two new Slocum gliders ready to deploy in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Unmanned Systems Providing Persistent Presence Throughout the Ocean

July 20, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb Research Two key unmanned systems providing cost-effective access to the global ocean are gliders and floats. Gliders are becoming very well known, with hundreds employed by users around the world. Profiling floats number in the thousands and are an integral component of ocean observation strategies.

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PLOCAN Glider School Completes Sucessfully

July 20, 2013 - via PLOCAN After six intense training days, on Saturday July 20th 2013 ended the Fourth edition of the PLOCAN Glider School at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) headquarters in Telde, Gran Canaria.

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Announcing the Slocum G2 Hybrid Glider

July 18, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb Research Teledyne Webb Research (TWR) has changed the basic configuration of the glider to include hybrid capacity in all new G2 gliders.

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Robots sound 'Thar she blows'

July 8, 2013 - via NOAA Underwater robots provide real-time data for right whale research

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Yellow robot lost off coast of Newfoundland

June 16, 2013 - via Memorial University The university is asking members of the public to keep an eye out for it because it’s possible the lost vehicle has washed up on a beach

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Liquid Robotics Receives Guinness World Record for Longest Unmanned ASV Journey

May 17, 2013 - via Liquid Robotics The actual distance Benjamin traveled was 9,380.490 nautical miles (17,372.667 km)

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Kongsberg Obtains Rights to Commercialize Seaglider™ Technology

May 16, 2013 - via Kongsberg Maritime "In looking for a new commercial licensee for Seaglider™, we wanted a company with broad experience in both the marine instrument and AUV businesses. Kongsberg fits that bill well and we hope they will bring this technology to many more people interested in understanding the ocean.

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Underwater Robots Help Scientists demystify the Ocean

April 23, 2013 - via USC Viterbi Early warning system: USC Viterbi students deploy robots to help marine biologists better predict dangerous ocean activity before it becomes deadly.

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James Gosling Smartens up Floating Robot with Linux/Java "Regulus" OS

April 10, 2013 - via Linux.com Instead of sending raw sensor data, Regulus can analyze and summarize the data onboard. For example, if the craft is carrying a hydrophone to listen underwater, and if customers can't wait to retrieve the recordings later, Regulus can instantly report key findings.

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Murky Waters: Seagoing Drones Swim Into New Legal and Ethical Territory

April 9, 2013 - via Defense News Water-going robots bring unforeseen challenges — technological ones, to be sure, but also legal, regulatory and ethical tangles. Drones that fly or crawl on the ground are controlled by radio waves, but it is difficult — often impossible — to communicate with underwater vehicles. The answer, it seems, is autonomy — robots that are not remotely piloted, but that operate on their own.

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OCC goes under the sea

April 2, 2013 - via Coast Report The data gathered while Tethys and Daphne are underway is sent to a satellite and can be accessed online. Google Earth can even be used to track their locations.

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PAMBuoy™ first deployment on Liquid Robotics Wave Glider

March 14, 2013 - via PAMBuoy Passive Acoustic Monitoring payload package deployed on the LR Waveglider

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Rusty stirs up double trouble surprise

March 6, 2013 - via University of Western Australia The bloom is so big-about the size of Tasmania-that it can easily be seen from space, as satellite images show.

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Underwater gliders for European ocean observation

February 24, 2013 - via GROOM An important component of the European Marine Research Infrastructure will be Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and underwater gliders (UWGs)

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Teledyne Webb Launches Slocum Newsletter

February 19, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb In Slocum News we will share recent newsworthy events from within the Slocum glider community, including news from field deployments, user experiences, product developments and upcoming events.

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Underwater glider is back into operation

February 15, 2013 - via PLOCAN The mission provides operational, scientific and technical support to the permanent seasonal observations program in the area, as part of the Macaronesian marine monitoring (R3M) strategy

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‘Challenger’ Mission Aimed at Sending First Underwater Glider Round the World

January 29, 2013 - via NOAA Scientists from Rutgers University, a Mid-Atlantic partner of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), recently launched a second test mission, called “Challenger,” aimed at sending the first unmanned, underwater robotic vehicle—known as a “glider”—around the world.

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Slocum Gliders Head to Brazil

January 14, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb The initial glider for the University of Sao Paulo is a 200m depth rated coastal version. Subsequent gliders will be optimized for deeper operation at a maximum 1000m depth.

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Scientists Use Marine Robots to Detect Endangered Whales

January 9, 2013 - via WHOI The project employed ocean-going robots called gliders equipped with a digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) instrument and specialized software allowing the vehicle to detect and classify calls from four species of baleen whales – sei, fin, humpback, and right whales. The gliders’s real-time communication capabilities alerted scientists to the presence of whales in the research area, in the first successful use of technology to report detections of several species of baleen whales from autonomous vehicles.

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Undersea glider in Sandy's path may aid hurricane studies

December 24, 2012 - via Asbury Park (N.J.) Press They got a rare glimpse into erupting undersea conditions as the storm swept ashore. Data the probe collected -- including currents and sharp drops in sea surface temperature -- might help scientists reconstruct Sandy's behavior and better predict how hurricanes change in the critical hours before landfall.

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How Rutgers oceanographers got data from below Superstorm Sandy

November 8, 2012 - via Rutgers Coastal Ocean Observation Lab With almost all other vessels docked during the storm, the underwater glider was an especially valuable tool. "We're able to learn in a very new way how the ocean and atmosphere are linked,"

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Rutgers researchers analyze ocean data collected during Sandy

November 6, 2012 - via Associated Press The goal, researchers said, is to look at how water temperature, the mixing of sand from the ocean floor, depth and pressure affect the intensity of a large storm.

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iRobot closing Durham office and laying off 30

October 24, 2012 - via NewsObserver The company is halting efforts to develop Seaglider as a product and will focus on existing customers and research efforts that will now occur at iRobot’s headquarters in Bedford, Mass.

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Shark social networking

October 16, 2012 - via University of Delaware Shark migrations studied with underwater robot along Delmarva Peninsula

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New Seaglider Collects Data along Gulf Coast

September 25, 2012 - via NOAA A new underwater robotic vehicle is collecting important data along the Gulf Coast today, thanks to a partnership among Shell Oil Company, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center (NDBC).

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Glacier Expedition A Success For NUWC Newport And NASA

September 21, 2012 - via NUWC Newport NUWC Newport was asked to support a team from New York University (NYU) at the Helheim Glacier on the east coast of Greenland to perform mapping and gather oceanography data to better understand the behavior of the glacier. The trip was also designed to evaluate NUWC Newport's AUV's measurement techniques.

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For this sea turtle, love is a research project

September 20, 2012 - via Savannah Now A Loggerhead turtle surfaces with the object of its affection, an underwater glider that collects data for researchers at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

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Underwater glider for virtual mooring

August 27, 2012 - via Marine Technology and Engineering Center (MARITEC) 
The ultimate goal is to develop a vehicle which can stay in a specific area for fixed-point observation while keeping the body in balance under water and controlling its own direction by moving the on-board ballast weight.


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Search for underwater glider ends

August 15, 2012 - via Royal Gazette Research scientists abandoned their hunt for a missing glider yesterday, but local authorities continued to appeal to sailors to look out for it.

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International Summer School on Underwater Gliders Technology

August 6, 2012 - via PLOCAN The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, PLOCAN, hosted during the second half of July 2012 the third edition of the Underwater Gliders Summer School for two weeks on Gran Canaria.

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The underwater Glider Developed by SIA Accomplishes Sea Test in South China Sea

July 30, 2012 - via Shenyang Institute of Automation In the experiment, the underwater glider conquered strong current and finished observation tasks of several operation cycles. Indicators and function of the system were normal, demonstrating sound controllability and good flow resistance ability.

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Listen to the Deep Ocean Environment (LIDO)

July 30, 2012 - via Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) The system was also tested and implemented in autonomous gliders and towed arrays in collaboration with the NURC (NATO Undersea Research Centre, La Spezzia, Italy)

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Navy Researchers Sail Down Under to Study Internal Tides with AUVs

July 25, 2012 - via Naval Research Laboratory Ocean gliders are becoming one of the Navy's main tools for collecting data on the internal structure of the ocean for assimilation into ocean models.

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A New Bloom

July 25, 2012 - via University Of Washington Associate professor Craig Lee and professor Eric D'Asaro recently co-authored a paper on the trigger of the North Atlantic Bloom, a huge seasonal growth of phytoplankton on the Atlantic Ocean.

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Robot sub research lands 720,000 contract

July 13, 2012 - via National Oceanography Centre Two projects investigating the use of robot submarines to map and monitor the seas around the United Kingdom - collecting data that will inform future government policy on the protection of the marine environment - have received £720,000 in funding.

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Ocean monitoring to begin in Kimberley and Pilbara

July 13, 2012 - via ScienceNetwork The data being gathered will be used as part of future economic development along the coastline in the Pilbara and the Kimberley. “The potential for future oil and gas developments do need precise information about the state of the ocean and biodiversity in them,”

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Robot probe testing offshore waters

July 11, 2012 - via Asbury Park Press Data to help understand oxygen levels

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Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom

July 6, 2012 - via National Science Foundation Phenomenon of spring and summer is jump-started by swirling currents of seawater

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Innovation in underwater robotics: SeaExplorer off the coast at Villefranche-sur-Mer

July 3, 2012 - via Oceanographic Laboratory of Villefranche-sur-Mer The SeaExplorer underwater glider is a new type of robot that is used to measure a variety of ocean properties between the surface and a depth of 700m. A series of intensive tests of the SeaExplorer is currently underway between Nice and Corsica.

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The Power Challenge For Small Unmanned Vehicle

July 2, 2012 - via Aviation Week One key advantage of unmanned vehicles is that their persistence is not limited by the human operator. This also means their size is set by the payloads and sensors that they carry, not by the need to accommodate a pilot or crew. But in many cases, this now means that unmanned systems run into an energy limit, both in terms of endurance and their ability to deliver power to radars, lasers and communications links.

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The Power (and Limits) of Oceanography’s Sea Glider Revolution

June 22, 2012 - via Wired Sea gliders and their democratization may well represent the most important contribution to oceanographic hardware in the last decade, but they are specialized tools best suited for specific types of questions. As researchers watch gliders evolve, a future dominated by fully autonomous, re-charging robots might not be so distant.

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20,000 colleagues under the sea

June 9, 2012 - via The Economist Fleets of robot submarines will change oceanography

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Mag648 in underwater glider application

May 25, 2012 - via Bartington Instruments Bartington Instruments’ low noise Mag648 magnetometer is being used to assist underwater gliders in navigating beneath the icecap.

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New Map Tracks Underwater Robotic Vehicles and Delivers Historical Marine Data

March 16, 2012 - via IOOS The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System launched a new asset map that displays where partner gliders are currently patrolling and where they’ve been.

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New Map Tracks Underwater Robotic Vehicles and Delivers Historical Marine Data

March 11, 2012 - via IOOS The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System launched a new asset map that displays where partner gliders are currently patrolling and where they’ve been.

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Caltech Oceanographer Tests New Technology at the Bottom of the Earth

February 21, 2012 - via CalTech Last month, Thompson set off on a research cruise to deploy three of these new gliders, as well as some surface drifters that follow the currents and can be tracked with global positioning system (GPS) receivers.

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Navy Plans Fleet of Unmanned Underwater Gliders

February 1, 2012 - via MOAA The U.S. Navy has moved into full rate production of its underwater Littoral Battlespace Sensing-Glider (LBS-G) program, calling for the manufacture of 35 gliders from a Huntsville, Ala., company.

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Skidaway robots investigate a yearly bloom

December 19, 2011 - via Savanna Morning News Catherine Edwards and Jim Nelson of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are spending this winter chasing a mystery off the coast of the Carolinas from Cape Romain to Cape Fear. It’s here that nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen well up each year from the deeper water and set off a bloom of microscopic sea plants called phytoplankton.

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Bluefin Spray Glider Completes Two-Month Shallow Op at Pulley Ridge

December 19, 2011 - via Bluefin Robotics The Spray Glider operations took place at Pulley Ridge near the West Florida Shelf in approximately 60 meters water depth. It performed 3,200 dives over 100 kilometers distance. In addition to the Spray’s high quality conductivity, temperature and depth payload, the system was equipped with optical scattering and chlorophyll sensors.

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SeaExplorer successfully conducted its first mission offshore

December 19, 2011 - via ACSA-ALCEN After a week of sailing in fresh water on Lake Geneva by negative outside temperature, the glider Oceanographic SeaExplorer was launched November 30, 2011, off Nice to lead his first mission offshore.

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ONR helps undersea robots get the big picture

December 2, 2011 - via Office of Naval Research NR provided funding to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Southern California (USC) to advance the intelligence of autonomous vehicles under both ANTIDOTE and a related university program called Smart Adaptive Reliable Teams for Persistent Surveillance.

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UCSC scientists lead a team deploying robots to forecast toxic algae blooms

November 18, 2011 - via A team of scientists led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz is deploying gliding underwater robots and sensitive underwater labs to identify where and when blooms begin.

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Underwater Gliders Design Competition goes on!

October 28, 2011 - via Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Five teams, one from India, selected for the fourth phase of the UPM 2011 International Academic Competition on Underwater Gliders Design, in which they will develop their project.

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Mote Searches for Traces of Red Tide in Sarasota

September 30, 2011 - via Sarasota Patch Mote scientists deployed an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) nicknamed “Waldo” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 in waters about two miles west of Siesta Key, to patrol for harmful algae for about one week.

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Ocean Shelf-Edge Exchange Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Technology programme timetable

September 21, 2011 - via NERC Sensors on Autonomous Underwater Gliders

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iRobot Introduces Enhanced Seaglider™ Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV)

September 20, 2011 - via iRobot Seaglider can now be outfitted with a larger set of fairings that significantly increases the UUV’s volume and mass payload capabilities. Payload mass is doubled over Seaglider’s original design to four kilograms and payload volume has expanded 650 percent to more than 21,000 cubic centimeters, resulting in the ability to integrate both larger sensors and a greater number of sensors with Seaglider.

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Argo Floats Help Monitor Ocean Acidity

September 6, 2011 - via Ocean News and Technology A U.S.-based research team and their Canadian colleagues developed the new approach by determining the relationships between seawater temperature, oxygen, pH and CO2 from observations collected on previous ship-based expeditions in the region in the last five years. These relationships were then applied to high-resolution observations of temperature and oxygen collected by an Argo float deployed in the North Pacific in early 2010.

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SIA’s Underwater Glider Accomplished Test in Western Pacific Ocean

August 31, 2011 - via Shenyang Institute of Automation It is the first time for the underwater glider, independently developed and manufactured by China, to accomplish deep-sea observation test. While bringing back precious scientific data, the test also lays down a profound foundation for the gilder’s future development and application.

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Kids create submarine gliders

August 10, 2011 - via Ketchikan Daily News Seven Ketchikan middle-schoolers participated in the “Build an Underwater Glider” camp last week at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus Roberts Building on Stedman Street.

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China Underwater Glider Sea Trials

August 4, 2011 - via Xinhua News Agency Shenyang Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences deployed the underwater glider in the Western Pacific

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Chari Pattiaratchi on the underwater river off Perth’s coast

August 2, 2011 - via EarthSky I have been working in this area for 22 years, and we haven’t actually seen [underwater rivers] because we’ve been using the traditional way of doing oceanography. With the ocean gliders, we get much better coverage 24/7 and very high resolution, and that’s how we made this discovery.

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Navy hosts underwater 'glider science' camps

August 2, 2011 - via Federal News Radio The Navy is teaching middle school students in Alaska about autonomous, underwater gliders, which travel the oceans gathering information about temperature, depth and other measurements.

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Carbon Flux Explorers to trace the ocean’s carbon cycle

August 1, 2011 - via Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Carbon Explorer floats follow ocean currents, yo-yoing back and forth in the first kilometer below the surface of the sea, then resurfacing to report their data and receive new instructions via satellite. Since the early 2000s a dozen Carbon Explorers have produced detailed information on the carbon cycle in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Ocean

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Robotic Subs Threatened By Somali Pirates

July 21, 2011 - via Strategy Page Research ships have already had a few close calls with pirates. So the task of dropping off (and sometimes picking up) these robotic research devices will be carried out by some of the warships operating off Somalia, and points east.

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Teledyne Webb Research Awarded Open Ocean Glider Contract for Ocean Observatories Initiative

July 7, 2011 - via Teledyne Webb Research The Open Ocean Slocum G2 gliders will support the high latitude Global Arrays of the OOI.

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Where Data Depend on Catching a Wave

July 7, 2011 - via Wall Street Journal Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Liquid Robotics Inc. collects data and plans to let customers access the information over the Web. But the company's product stands apart: It makes remote-controlled robotic devices that gather information while cruising the open ocean.

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Ocean gliders uncover underwater 'rivers' off Perth

June 2, 2011 - via University of Western Australia Oceanographers at The University of Western Australia have discovered the first underwater ‘rivers' to be identified in a sub-tropical region flowing along the ocean bed off Perth's coastline.

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UPM 2011 International Academic Competition on Underwater Gliders Design

May 12, 2011 - via Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) This competition has an international scope and its main goal is the design of a small underwater glider concept radio controlled, according with the technical requirements of these rules, taking into account the future application of the underwater gliders in the scientific and business environments.

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Speeding swarms of sensor robots

May 3, 2011 - via MIT A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift.

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Skidaway Institute, Georgia Tech-Savannah partner on phytoplankton research

April 18, 2011 - via Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Mysterious blooms occurred during the winter along edge of the continental shelf off Long Bay — located between Cape Romain, South Carolina and Cape Fear, North Carolina. Phytoplankton blooms like those observed off Long Bay can provide a considerable boost to the bottom of the food chain, with significant implications for fisheries.

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Meet the Remote-Controlled Sea Robots That Can Explore Antarctica

March 23, 2011 - via Fastcompany The same company behind the popular Roomba robocleaner is producing an underwater robot that can stay below the surface for months.

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Teledyne Webb Research Wins Coastal Glider Contract for Ocean Observatories Initiative

March 16, 2011 - via Teledyne Webb The Slocum G2 gliders will support the Pioneer and the Endurance Arrays of the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) of the OOI.

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Bloom with a View: Robot Subs Help Researchers Study Mysterious Antarctic Sea Life

February 25, 2011 - via Scientific American After decades of riding icebreakers in Antarctica's icy waters hoping to better understand the fragile ecosystem on and around this frigid continent scientists have begun delegating data collection to satellite-guided robotic subs. The hope is that these sea gliders, which can dive hundreds of meters and stay in the water for months at a time, will help to unlock the secrets of phytoplankton blooms that nourish the organisms in Antarctica's Ross Sea for a few months each year before mysteriously disappearing.

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Exploring New Technology Horizons

February 17, 2011 - via Sloutions Journal While we have not reached the fleet stage, we have, in fact, embarked on a path that brings us closer to realizing his vision.

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Gliders successfully used for the first time during an anti-submarine warfare exercise,

February 17, 2011 - via NURC Proud Manta 11 Test conducted by NURC, a NATO Research Centre in La Spezia

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Unmanned Subs Making Waves In Undersea Warfare

February 3, 2011 - via Stars and Stripes NATO is testing three Autonomous Undersea Vehicles, or AUVs, in the Mediterranean Sea this month as part of the alliance’s largest annual anti-submarine warfare exercise.

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Run Silent, Run Deep

February 1, 2011 - via Oregon State University OSU's growing fleet of underwater gliders monitors the Pacific Ocean

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Robotic glider to map Moreton Bay impacts

January 20, 2011 - via CSIRO A $200,000 CSIRO coastal glider is bound for Queensland to be deployed in Moreton Bay to investigate the impact of the recent flooding on marine ecosystems.

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IRobot: Advancing Robotics Underwater

December 29, 2010 - via Seadiscovery In an increasingly crowded unmanned underwater vehicles field, iRobot stands out with its robotics pedigree.

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Record-breaking Glider Sails Into Natural History Museum

December 13, 2010 - via Smithsonian Institute One year ago this month, the RU 27, an eight-foot underwater glider, also called Scarlet Knight, completed a 221-day journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The torpedo-shaped, autonomous vehicle broke the record for the longest underwater trip by a glider in history. Last Thursday, the record-breaking glider was put on display for all to see in the Natural History Museum’s Sant Ocean Hall.

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Ocean Portal

December 9, 2010 - via Smithsonian Institute The Smithsonian Istitute opened a Inteactive Underwater Glider Website.

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First underwater robot crossing Atlantic on display

December 9, 2010 - via English.news.cn Scientists and students from Rutgers University launched the transatlantic glider, dubbed "the Scarlet Knight" in honor of the school's mascot, off the New Jersey coast in spring of last year. One year later, it is laid as a centerpiece within the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum.

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Westerngeco patents glider operations

December 8, 2010 - via WesternGeco A technique facilitates the use of seismic data. The technique utilizes an autonomous underwater vehicle to obtain data on water column characteristics in a seismic survey area. The data can be used to adjust aspects of the seismic survey data and/or the seismic survey technique.

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Team SPAWAR Gliders Embarked Aboard USNS Pathfinder for At-Sea Testing

October 26, 2010 - via Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command's USNS Pathfinder embarked Littoral Battlespace Sensing Gliders, Oct. 21 while ported at Naval Base San Diego. The unmanned undersea vehicles, also known as UUVs, are undergoing at-sea testing, Oct. 22 to Nov. 6.

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iRobot gets Seaglider contracts from the Nav

October 25, 2010 - via Boston Globe Bedford's iRobot Corp. said it has received two contracts from the Naval Oceanographic Office at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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Bluefin and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Enter Agreement to Advance Spray Glider Operational Capability in Response to Oil Spill

August 26, 2010 - via Bluefin Robotics The purpose of the agreement is to collaboratively further glider-based marine science and technology research in the areas of education, autonomous vehicle development, manufacturing, and at-sea operations.

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What We Learned From Waldo: Our Florida Keys Oil-Seeking Robot Ends His Run

August 20, 2010 - via NRDC Switchboard Thankfully, the best thing about Waldo’s run is what we didn’t find – oil. Waldo didn’t turn up any strong indications of oil on the continental shelf to the north and northwest of the Florida Keys during this run.

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Norwich robot on undercover Spanish mission

August 11, 2010 - via The Advertizer A robot has taken to life under the ocean waves near Spain - with its every move controlled by scientists based 900 miles away at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Oceanography: Dead in the water

August 11, 2010 - via Nature.com Every summer for the past nine years, water with lethally low concentrations of oxygen has appeared off the Oregon coast. The hypoxia may be a sign of things to come elsewhere, finds Virginia Gewin

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Mote Marine seeks long-term role in oil spill research

August 2, 2010 - via HeraldTribune The agency held an emergency meeting within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sinking and scientists soon were gathering samples and deploying oil-detecting robots.

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Oil-seeking robot is deployed off Keys

July 22, 2010 - via Fort Meyers Beach Talk Mote Marine Laboratory, in collaboration with Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana, has launched an oil-detecting underwater robot off the Florida Keys as a first line of defense against underwater oil plumes from the Gulf oil disaster

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Scientists hope to solve mystery of algae blooms in open ocean

July 18, 2010 - via Honolulu Star Advertizer Scientists are deploying a fleet of robotic instruments in Hawaiian waters to try to solve an oceanographic puzzle: how microscopic algae thrive in vast ocean areas with few nutrients needed to grow and reproduce.

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Where will spilled Gulf oil go? Three months later, officials and residents are still asking

July 18, 2010 - via Palm Beach Post The handful that have been deployed are a drop in the bucket, compared with what's needed in the vast Gulf, researchers say. When the Deepwater rig exploded April 20 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, coastal residents, fishermen and environmental agencies needed to know one thing: Where would the oil go?

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Navy’s high-tech gliders come from Alaska

June 25, 2010 - via Alaska Diapatch Initially designed to aid the U.S. Coast Guard in catching trespassing Russian and Japanese fishing vessels, the gliders are equipped with acoustics capable of sensing sound signatures. The signatures of the foreign ships are unique, allowing the glider to correctly identify their presence. But as the project evolved, new uses emerged.

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University of Delaware robot scours sea for signs of oil

June 9, 2010 - via The News Journal The Blue Hen is part of a larger effort mounted by Mote, government agencies and universities as the oil approaches marine ecosystems surrounding Florida. The mission highlights some particular challenges created by the country's worst oil spill, gushing about a mile underwater: Researchers have developed most tracking, containment and environmental mitigation techniques for surface oil spills.

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Mote's submarine oil hunter hits glitch

June 2, 2010 - via Bradenton Herald Waldo, one of Mote Marine Laboratory's underwater robots searching for spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, is being replaced after a communications problem. So far, none of Mote's oil hunters have detected oil.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography chips in to help study Gulf oil spill

May 28, 2010 - via San Diego News Network The glider, also called Spray, that Scripps is sending to the Gulf Coast was scheduled to be deployed in the Pacific to study the effects of climate on California’s coast — but, said Scripps oceanographer Daniel Rudnick, in “national interest” the Scripps team is redirecting it to the Gulf.

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Navy joins effort to track moving oil slick in the Gulf

May 28, 2010 - via Nextgov.com To support the federal response to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Naval Oceanographic Office has deployed sensor systems to monitor surface currents and measure physical properties of the deeper Gulf waters to better analyze the disbursement of the millions of barrels of oil that has poured into the environment.

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