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MassTech Grant Will Connect Ocean Entrepreneurs with WHOI

in marine innovation. The Forum’s keynote panel focused on the topic “The Future of Ocean Innovation,” and was moderated by Dr. Jim Bellingham, Director of the WHOI Center for Marine Robotics. The panel featured Dr. Tom Curtain, Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington & Senior Fellow at the Institute for Adaptive Systems; Christine Fox, Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis at Johns Hopkins Applied Research Laboratory; and MassTech’s Carolyn Kirk, who announced the new grant during her remarks.  Facilities

(Photo: Exocetus Autonomous Systems)

Exocetus Delivers Glider to Johns Hopkins APL

Connecticut-based Exocetus Autonomous Systems said it has delivered its first MOD2 Glider to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). The vehicle was purchased as part of an internal research and development project which intends to explore a diverse set of applications for the vehicle.“Johns Hopkins APL was looking for a vehicle that could provide endurance and easy modification, and the MOD2 Glider was the only vehicle out there that provided those capabilities,” said Joe Turner, Exocetus COO & General Manager.    The delivery took place at the end of July

(File photo courtesy of Liquid Robotics)

Wave Gliders to Study Arctic and Southern Oceans

robots called Wave Gliders as a sensor platform to conduct advanced scientific research in inhospitable and remote regions of the Arctic and Southern Oceans.Using Liquid Robotics’ wave and solar powered Wave Gliders, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington (APL-UW) will obtain real time data and rare insights into the dynamic conditions that drive the world’s weather and climate. This data is critical for scientists to understand and improve global ocean weather modeling and climate prediction.The oceanographe

Fig.3. Located at 200 m depth, two ADCPs (150 kHz, 5-beam 600 kHz) are installed on the fixed platform of an SPM. (Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1832, VISIONS ‘15 expedition)

ADCPs: Action in OOI's Cabled Observatory

periods. Some supply continuous real-time data via a cable connection to shore.   A prime example is the Cabled Array in the NE Pacific Ocean. This observatory is part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Engineered by the Applied Physics Laboratory / University of Washington (APL / UW), the Cabled Array uses dedicated telecoms cables. They provide a high voltage supply and high-speed communication links to nodes as far as 500 km from shore.   Besides its high-tech infrastructure, the Cabled Array holds 150 instruments. Included

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

Riptide looks to outfit a growing market: smaller UUVs   Unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) trace their history to the Special Purpose Underwater Research Vehicle (SPURV) developed by the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory in 1957. While the UUV was conceived decades ago it was the remotely operated undersea vehicle (ROV) market, with offshore oil and gas providing a significant driver, which initially saw significant technical and product developments.    It was not till the late 1980s and early 1990s, that UUVs began to be noticed again.   New

Photo: ISE

AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under-ice brings to life how and why the vehicles have developed and helps us make predictions about the form and capabilities of the AUVs of the future.    The Pioneers It all began in Spring 1972, when the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) deployed its Unmanned Arctic Submersible (UARS) beneath Fletcher’s Ice Island, an iceberg near the North Pole.   This untethered robot, a direct descendant of the very first AUV, was deployed through a hole cut into the ice and conducted a series of out-and-back transects

Launch of Millennium Falcon from research vessel

‘Millennium Falcon’ Launches ‘X-Wing’ into Marine World

tidal energy systems that will increase the rate of progress in environmental studies, including research around these and other structures that form artificial reefs like oil and gas rigs.   The enterprise is a collaboration project between researchers in Mechanical Engineering and the Applied Physics Laboratory within the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a multi-institution organization that develops marine renewable energy technologies. The centre and the Applied Physics Laboratory recently received $8 million from the U.S. Navy to develop marine renewable energy for use at

Ice measurement: Photo USCG

Scientific Team Arctic-bound Aboard Cutter 'Healy'

through a cooperative research and development agreement. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Ice Center, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory will provide personnel, unmanned technologies and resources to help the RDC better understand how a simulated oil spill moves in the water near the ice edge over a 48-hour period. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will have an observer aboard for this effort as well. &ldquo

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Huge Waves Measured for First Time in Arctic Ocean

waves during a September 2012 storm. The results were recently published in Geophysical Research Letters. "As the Arctic is melting, it's a pretty simple prediction that the additional open water should make waves," said lead author Jim Thomson, an oceanographer with the UW Applied Physics Laboratory . His data show that winds in mid-September 2012 created waves of 5 meters (16 feet) high during the peak of the storm. The research also traces the sources of those big waves: high winds, which have always howled through the Arctic, combined with the new reality of open water in summer

The initial shallow profiler undergoes testing at the University of Washington. DeepWater Buoyancy’s syntactic foam systems (in orange) will provide uplift and platform stability for the Regional Scale Nodes portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Photo: Mitch Elend, University of Washington.

DeepWater Buoyancy Chosen for Ocean Observatories Initiative

DeepWater Buoyancy has been awarded a major contract to supply flotation to the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory for the cabled observatory component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The OOI, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is planned as an integrated infrastructure of science-driven platforms and sensor systems to measure physical, chemical, geological and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the air-sea interface. The company was selected after a competitive bidding and assessment process that evaluated product

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