EAST FALMOUTH, Mass. – July 7, 2011 - Teledyne Webb Research announced today that it has been selected to provide Open Ocean gliders for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). This award follows closely on the recent award to Teledyne Webb Research of the Coastal Glider program for the OOI. The Open Ocean Slocum G2 gliders will support the high latitude Global Arrays of the OOI. Similar to the Coastal Glider program, this second contract also includes a prototype vehicle to be delivered this year that will incorporate the specific sensor requirements of the Open Ocean program. Production units will be delivered beginning in September 2012. The initial contract also includes an option to purchase up to 24 Open Ocean gliders. Teledyne Webb Research was chosen by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) to provide the gliders for this project that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The Slocum G2 gliders are designed for long deployment endurance with the ability to maneuver and operate where the total water depth is up to 1,000 meters. The uniquely modular vehicle construction facilitates both swappable payload bays for a multitude of integrated sensor suites and optimized buoyancy control for various depth regimes. The high latitude ocean, where the gliders will operate, plays an important role in ocean dynamics, especially during climate variability and change. This area of the ocean has been sampled sparsely and the information provided by the gliders will improve scientist’s understanding of the physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean in the high latitude regions.
“The Teledyne Webb Research team is excited to provide both the Open Ocean and Coastal Gliders for the OOI. The Slocum glider has proved itself as a robust system for both shallow and deep water applications. With the OOI and U.S. Navy Littoral Battlespace – Glider programs anchoring our continued sales of the commercial Slocum glider world-wide, we anticipate more than five hundred Teledyne Webb Gliders operating globally by 2015,” said Thomas Altshuler, General Manager of Teledyne Webb Research.
The Ocean Observatories Initiative is a multi-scale observatory that will utilize a network of sensor systems to collect physical, chemical, geological and biological data from the ocean and the seafloor on coastal, regional and global scales. A unique cyberinfrastructure will make the data available to anyone with an internet connection. The information will increase understanding of climate change, ocean and coastal ecosystems, environmental health and climate, and biodiversity.
Gliders were first conceived by Douglas Webb, the founder of Webb Research and a former researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The Slocum G2 Glider is a torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater winged vehicle that measures two meters and uses changes in buoyancy along with its wings and tail-fin steering to move through the water.
For more information on the Ocean Observatories Initiative visit http://www.oceanleadership.org/programs-and-partnerships/ocean-observing/
About Teledyne Webb Research
Teledyne Webb Research designs and manufactures scientific instruments for oceanographic research and monitoring. Teledyne Webb Research specializes in three areas of ocean instrumentation: Neutrally buoyant, autonomous drifters and profilers, autonomous underwater gliding vehicles, and moored underwater sound sources. Teledyne Webb Research, and its sister companies, Teledyne Benthos and Teledyne Gavia are leading producers of underwater vehicles for Science, Oil and Gas, and Military markets. More information about gliders and other Teledyne Webb Research products can be found at www.webbresearch.com.