News Articles with Category: Deep Ocean

Pressure-tolerant batteries promise improved performance for deep-dive underwater vehicles

November 10, 2016 - via The Engineer As vehicles go deeper, the pressure vessels become excessively heavy and expensive and AUVs with internal batteries become limited by the fact that these batteries have to be recharged.

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High-performance lithium sulphur batteries for deep-dive underwater vehicles move a step closer

November 10, 2016 - via Steatite Batteries The Consortium aims to produce a pressure-tolerant battery pack that delivers increased energy storage and that can be hot swapped to improve operational use.

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Introducing Sentry, Our Autonomous Secret Weapon on the Seafloor

October 21, 2016 - via National Geographic To maximize our efficiency, the plan goes something like this: use Sentry at night to map areas of potential interest for future Alvin dives, taking advantage of the AUV’s larger survey footprint and unique sonar-based ability to “see” beneath the seafloor.

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Exploring New England’s Recently Discovered Methane Seeps

October 20, 2016 - via National Geographic The science plan is to investigate a series of submarine canyons and newly discovered methane seeps about 150 miles (240 km) from our Woods Hole, Massachusetts, port.

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Deep Sea Bacterial Takeover

October 6, 2016 - via UCSB A team led by oceanographer David Valentine discovers a massive bacterial colonization of the sea floor in the Santa Barbara Basin

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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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Seafloor Photo Mosaic From 4,000m Depth

September 18, 2015 - via GEOMAR GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, investigated manganese nodule fields in the eastern Pacific Ocean to determine the long term impact of deep sea mining.

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Robotic Submarine and Plankton Sampling: Learning Seep Secrets

July 22, 2015 - via Duke University Marine Laboratory The SyPRID sampler can allow us to gain a much clearer picture of where the larvae go and where they concentrate in the deep ocean

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Mapping the Abyss with AUV Photography

April 9, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre A new photographic processing technique developed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (UK), used a camera on the Autosub6000 AUV to enable them to take a continuous stream of high resolution photographs of life on the sea floor.

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Adventure Under Ice

April 9, 2015 - via Johns Hopkins University Nereid will allow researchers to observe the little understood and important ecosystems below the moving polar sea ice, under massive glacial ice shelves such as the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic and, at greater depths, in the immediate vicinity of the mid-ocean ridges such as the Gakkel Ridge of the arctic seafloor—where the Earth’s fiery interior meets near-freezing seawater.

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Massive underwater volcano spewing pumice on Australian and New Zealand beaches

March 13, 2015 - via University of Tasmania Sentry can take digital photographs of deep-sea terrain and is equipped with sonars. With Jason, the scientists will have access to the seafloor while remaining on the ship. It will gather samples of marine life, sediment and rock, and transmit images and video.

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The fate of MH370 is still a mystery, but search has discovered many underwater secrets

March 7, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Fugro's project director Paul Kennedy said the second, more detailed phase of search used side scanners mounted on an autonomous submarine and small underwater vehicles towed about 100 metres above the seafloor. Since November they have mapped about 40 per cent of the 30,000 square kilometre priority search area. "The autonomous vehicle is searching inside a volcano at the moment,"

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Scientists zero in on submarine volcanoes

March 3, 2015 - via GNS Science Sentry will be deployed from the Royal New Zealand Navy patrol vessel for its day-long missions to skim over the seafloor, gather data and build detailed 3D maps of the volcanoes.

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Scientists zero in on submarine volcanoes in the Kermadecs

March 2, 2015 - via GNS Science Sentry will travel over the volcanic structures at walking speed and at a pre-determined height above the seafloor. It will build detailed three-dimensional maps and measure up to 12 different chemical and physical parameters of the ocean and seabed.

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UK scientists develop AUV imaging technology to assess seabed ecology

January 13, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre By using a camera on the Autosub6000 AUV to take a continuous stream of high resolution photographs of life on the sea floor, this new method revealed a tenfold increase in the precision of deepsea ecosystem diversity estimates relative to the use of scientific trawling.

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Robot sub beats nets for discovering what lurks at the bottom of the sea

January 13, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre In this study, it's also continually shooting photos of the sea floor, with a downward-facing camera. Scientists subsequently analyze the images to identify the creatures in them, estimating the animals' size based on the number of pixels they take up.

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Researchers Studying More of Loihi’s Secrets

June 25, 2014 - via University of Hawaii Researchers from the University of Hawaii and other institutions are going deep off the coast of Ka`u to study ancient — and ongoing — life processes.

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James Cameron mourns robot loss underwater

May 13, 2014 - via Reuters ''Nereus was an amazing, groundbreaking robot and the only currently active vehicle in the world that could reach the extreme depths of the ocean trenches.''

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Nereus deep sea sub 'implodes' 10km-down

May 12, 2014 - via BBC News At the time of its loss, Nereus was investigating the Kermadec Trench

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Robotic Deep-sea Vehicle Lost on Dive to 6-Mile Depth

May 10, 2014 - via WHOI Scientists think Nereus imploded exploring the Kermadec Trench

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Scientific Mission Will Explore One of the Deepest Ocean Trenches

April 10, 2014 - via WHOI "The bulk of our knowledge of trenches is only from snapshot visits using mostly trawls and camera landers," Shank said. "Only detailed systematic studies will advance our biological understanding and also reveal the role trenches may play as the final location of where most of the carbon and other chemicals get sequestered in our ocean, which ultimately impacts the global carbon budget and climate."

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NOC Deploys Autosub Long Range on Scientific Expedition Off Ireland

March 11, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre Cutting edge marine autonomous systems allow the FASTNEt consortium to study the ocean shelf edge in far greater detail than ever before

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Schmidt Ocean Istitute Designing New Ultra-Deepwater Research HROV

February 1, 2014 - via Schmidt Ocean Institute The design will capitalize on lessons learned from past WHOI vehicle designs, as well as advanced technologies developed for Deepsea Challenger

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December expedition to explore life in hydrothermal vent

December 4, 2013 - via Astrobio.net The goal, according to expedition leader Geoff Wheat of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, is to sample and better understand one of the most influential environments on Earth: the sea crust.

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Submersible Cyclops : Hull Design "Revolutionary"

August 22, 2013 - via Oceangate The ability to accurately place thousands of individual strips of pre-impregnated fiber will overcome many of the hard to control variables surrounding traditional filament winding processes and permit the hull to withstand the very high compressive loads at 3,000 meters (300 bar).



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Explorers return to Cayman Trough

June 12, 2013 - via WHOI During the current expedition, the researchers are doing conductivity, temperature and depth of seawater casts, high resolution vent site mapping, chemical and physical data collection, interactive research, observation and sampling of associated biological communities, and satellite teleoperations with shore-side scientists.

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US scientists continue “systematic” exploration of the Caribbean Sea

June 10, 2013 - via WHOI Scientists are using the hybrid underwater robotic vehicle Nereus in extending their investigations throughout the depths of the Mid-Cayman Rise, which reaches to more than 6,500 meters deep.

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Robots, Deep-Sea Sensors Help Pentagon Futurists Hunt Subs

April 3, 2013 - via Wired Described by Darpa as a “mobile active sonar platform,” the SHARK is supposed to track submarines once they’re initially detected

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Bluefin Completes Deep Testing of DARPA UUV

April 3, 2013 - via Bluefin Robotics The system was developed for the DARPA Deep Sea Operations (DSOP) Program.

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Explorer and Filmmaker James Cameron Gives DEEPSEA CHALLENGER Sub to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

March 26, 2013 - via WHOI Forms partnership with WHOI to accelerate technology development, ocean research and discovery

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Probing the ocean's undiscovered depths

March 20, 2013 - via CNN In addition to direct human exploration of the seafloor, we need to mobilize a new generation of collaborative self-powering robots that can explore the oceans, top to bottom, while maintaining communication to shore-based scientists at all times.

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DARPA seeks to develop non-lethal weapons and sensors that pop up from the ocean's depths

January 15, 2013 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics To succeed, the UFP program must be able to demonstrate a system that can survive for years under extreme pressure; be triggered from standoff commands; and rapidly rise through the water and deploy a non-lethal weapon or sensor payload.

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James Cameron Responds to Robert Ballard on Deep-Sea Exploration

January 14, 2013 - via Newsweek The quickest way to destroy ocean science is to take human explorers out of the water. - James Cameron

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The Last Dive? Funding for Human Expeditions in the Ocean May Have Run Aground

January 14, 2013 - via Newsweek Legendary explorer Sylvia Earle is saying goodbye to the ocean floor, but are machines good enough to take her place? The robot takeover of ocean science.

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DARPA to Launch Just-in-time Payloads from Bottom of Sea

January 12, 2013 - via DARPA Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-13-17

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First Auv Expedition To Explore Several Deep Sea Atlantic Canyons And Seamounts Launching This Weekend

September 28, 2012 - via NRDC Scientific Research And Conservation Groups Unite To Investigate Untouched Marine Habitats

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Underwater robots to 'repair' Scotland's coral reefs

August 28, 2012 - via BBC News Underwater robots tasked with saving coral reefs are being developed at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

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Picturing The Deep – A Massive Seafloor Photograph, Taken by Autosub6000

August 14, 2012 - via Ocean News and Technology Forward and down-facing cameras mounted on the unmanned robot sub have provided continuous images of an area some twelve miles long by four miles wide (20 km by 7 km), covering an area about the size of city such as Southampton, but three miles underwater (around 4850m).

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DARPA Doubling Down on Spy Technologies

April 18, 2012 - via National Defense DARPA also is looking to improve underwater sensors. The distributed agile submarine hunting program, or DASH, aims to create a network of small unmanned underwater vehicles that scan upwards from deep in the sea to detect quiet diesel electric subs. The technology also would give operators a look into abysmal plains deep on the ocean floor.

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Robots reveal Titanic secrets

April 17, 2012 - via Euronews Much of this new technology was developed at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The latest is Nereus, which can operate as an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) or a robot.

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Exploring Earth’s final frontier

April 17, 2012 - via Vancouver Sun Fourth in a series: B.C. pioneers are at the heart of the world’s submersible technology development

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Deep science drove discovery of Titanic

April 7, 2012 - via AFP Today, anyone with a wad of cash and a sense of adventure can dive to the Titanic's deepsea grave, but behind these tourist jaunts lies a long and daunting tale of scientific endeavour.

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Marine research agency unveils unmanned underwater rare metals probe

April 6, 2012 - via Mainichi Japan The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology said it plans to put the 5-meter-long probe named Yumeiruka (Dream Dolphin) into operation in fiscal 2013.

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New deep sea minor

April 6, 2012 - via Tecnische Universiteit Delft The future of mining lies on the bottom of the oceans. In a new minor, ‘Deep Sea’, students will learn all the in’s and out’s of exploiting this harsh environment.

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WHOI Scientists Contribute to Study on Impact to Coral Communities from Deepwater Horizon Spill

March 26, 2012 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute “These corals exhibited varying levels of stress, from bare skeleton, tissue loss, to excess mucous production, all associated with a covering of brown flocculent material,” said Tim Shank, a WHOI biologist and an expert in life in the deep ocean.

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WHOI Researchers, Collaborators Receive $1.4 Million to Study Life in Ocean's Greatest Depths

March 26, 2012 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute The goal is to conduct detailed studies of the composition, diversity, and adaptations of life in the major deep ocean trenches and then compare these findings between the trenches around the world

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Was Cameron's Deep Dive as Useless as Manned Space Flight?

March 26, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review Ninety-nine percent of what we know about the solar system came to us from unmanned probes. There can be no argument about comparative value of sending humans to other worlds, at least from a scientific perspective, because our relatively cheap, versatile, expendable robot spawn will win every time.

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Scanning Titanic for the future

March 26, 2012 - via Engineering and Technology 3D mapping of the wreck of the Titanic will soon allow 'tourists' to take virtual trips to the bottom of the ocean while still on terra firma

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James Cameron Begins Descent to Ocean's Deepest Point

March 25, 2012 - via National Geographic Details on the vehicle

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Titanic Wreck mapped

March 9, 2012 - via Discovery News The first comprehensive map of the Titanic wreck site has been created as researchers pieced together some 130,000 photos taken by underwater robots in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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Scientists survey seabed fractured by Japan quake

March 8, 2012 - via Bangkok Post Researchers from Germany and Japan are sending high-tech vehicles to probe the seabed up to 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) below the surface where the massive seismic shock hit last March.

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Hydroid Delivers REMUS 6000 System to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

March 7, 2012 - via Hydroid AUV to be used by Naval Oceanographic Office for deep ocean operations.

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Bluefin Receives Subcontract Award for Phase II of DARPA’s Deep Sea Operations Program

February 28, 2012 - via Bluefin Robotics Bluefin Robotics will assist in developing systems of configurable technology to address Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) surveillance needs over large, operationally relevant areas.

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Scientists find new species at world's deepest undersea vent

January 12, 2012 - via Mongabay.com In April 2010 scientists used a deep-diving vehicle, HyBIS, and an unmanned robotic submarine, Autosub6000, to explore the vents, which are gushing fluids rich in copper and may be hotter than 450 degrees Celsius.

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Deepest known 'black smoker' vent discovered

January 10, 2012 - via New Scientist Deepest black smoker teems with life

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Sensing the deep ocean

December 19, 2011 - via Arizona State University Futuristic robots may be coming soon to an ocean near you. Sensorbots are spherical devices equipped with biogeochemical sensors, that promise to open a new chapter in the notoriously challenging exploration of earth’s largest ecosystem – the ocean.

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