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SeaTrac’s new SP-48 production model ASV. Buddy Duncan, SeaTrac.

On-Demand, Continuous Eelgrass Monitoring

oxygen and chlorophyll.The SeaTrac ASV was launched from the public boat ramp in Plymouth and towed out of the harbor.  During the mission, data from the YSI sonde was logged on the ASV and simultaneously sent back to shore through the three wireless links available: line of sight RF, cellular and Iridium, and saved to dedicated database servers. With this system, the team onshore was able to track live progress, as well as go back and review any historical data at any time.For SeaTrac, the goal of the mission was to see if the platform was capable of managing the currents and the speed/distance

Photo courtesy of Planet Ocean Ltd.

Royal Navy Supports Successful Trial of New Micro-Robots

;While the subs were deployed and recovered by the RN, initially the vehicles were piloted by our senior software engineer Jérémy Sitbon on board the Enterprise, but following his departure, further deployments were undertaken from Enterprise with piloting done remotely from NOC over the Iridium satellite.Terry Sloane, Managing Director of Planet Ocean, said: "Micro-AUVs are low cost and highly flexible platforms with the potential to transform data collection across the maritime sector. This demonstrator mission provided a fantastic opportunity for us to deploy ecoSUBs from a Royal

REMUS M3V (Photo: Hydroid Inc.)

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

is equipped with an articulated tail control system and a positioning and navigation system in the standard configuration. REMUS M3V also has a variable center of gravity allowing it to operate in a buoy mode. Outfitted with side scan sonar, the REMUS M3V has a multifunctional tail antenna that includes Iridium, Wi-Fi and a Flasher. The REMUS M3V is a low-logistics system that is compatible with existing survey and AUV capabilities.   

Photo: OSIL

OSIL Buoys in Tidal Turbulence Study for SEACAMS2

devices.   The OSIL buoys will serve as data collection platforms for ADCP instruments measuring currents and waves on the seabed that will transfer their data to the buoy via omnidirectional acoustic modems. The buoys will then transmit the data to the project base station using the OSIL SBD Iridium Satellite Modem, and will operate alongside other high-resolution logging current meters and CTDs in the high-profile project.   The robust buoy platforms will be moored in approximately 50m water depth in one of the most dynamic and turbulent environments in the UK coastline. The specialist

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MetOcean Telematics Wins Canada Satcom Contract

MetOcean Telematics said it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide global satellite communications to the Canadian Government, exclusively through the Iridium network.   The agreement will feature MetOcean Telematics hardware products and services, deployed for use by more than 150 Canadian Government agencies. The Iridium network satellite constellation offers 100 percent global coverage, including the polar regions, such as the remote Arctic territory of northern Canada.   MetOcean Telematics notes it has significant experience providing remote monitoring technology for

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

Wave Glider with BGAN dome, two cameras and additional sensors (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Tech File: BGAN Satcom for the Wave Glider

for the Wave Glider, an unmanned surface vehicle, that enables persistent and mobile ocean monitoring over long durations. This service allows a Wave Glider to access 100x more satellite bandwidth (464 kbps vs 2.4 kbps) in locations around the world, when compared to traditional approaches such as Iridium RUDICS based communications. The additional bandwidth is critical for rapid access to compressed data such as audio and video.   Real-time access to high definition photos, audio or video provides a valuable new capability that accelerates both the deployment and operations of systems at

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Teledyne Debuts New Controller and Firmware for APEX

multi-sensor (APEX AMS) floats featuring the APF-11 controller and firmware and sensors to measure dissolved oxygen; chlorophyll fluorescence; particle backscatter and the optical properties radiance, irradiance and transmittance. Additional APF-11 design features include file compression during Iridium transmission using the Z-modem protocol to effectively double information throughput, resulting in significant communication cost savings for the four-plus year life of APEX. Additional features and sensors will be incorporated in future firmware releases and incorporate customer feedback and requirement

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

Photo: OceanServer Technology

Iver3-AUV Plays Active Role in Unmanned Warrior

launch and recovery software management, water column flight management, static and dynamic exclusion zones, survey and reacquire tasks, and real-time progress and status monitoring. The Iver3 MCM systems come equipped with high resolution side-scan sonar, RDI Explorer DVL w/ADCP, WHOI Micro modem, Iridium Communications and an operator console

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