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OiA ’19 Conference Chairman, Ralph Rayner, on stage at Catch The Next Wave in San Diego in 2017. Photo: Oceanology International

Oi Americas Set for San Diego

of RMS Titanic. Walsh was aboard Cameron’s submersible when the latter mounted a 2012 expedition to repeat Walsh’s momentous 1960 Mariana Trench dive.Confirmed speakers for Catch The Next Wave include Michael Gernhardt, NASA Astronaut and Manager of Environmental Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Space Center; Douglas Bartlett, Professor of Marine Microbiology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Kelly Benoit-Bird, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).Of central importance to the conference schedule will be a string of technical tracks running across all three

Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, Nippon Foundation. Copyright: Nippon Foundation

Nippon Foundation Addresses Global Ocean Threats

natural gases on land start to deplete, we have to look below the sea. There has to be technology to do this safer and at a low cost, extracting resources in an accurate manner. So it is important to extract the resources accurately and safely to help maintain a healthy ocean.When I visited the Johnson Space Center, I noticed that they already have a very detailed topography – the map of the Mars that are 15 million kilometers away from this earth already. But we still do not have the topographic chart – the seabed bathometric chart – for our earth. So we are targeting 2030* as a landmark

Loral O’Hara (Photo: NASA)

WHOI’ O’Hara Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

that are either inaccessible or accessible to only a few."   O’Hara holds a private pilot’s license as well as several advanced diving certifications. She also has completed first-aid and EMT training and is a wilderness first responder.   She will report for duty at Johnson Space Center in August 2017.   According to NASA, the new class will be part of future missions aboard the International Space Station that will continue research and technology development that has already returned benefits to Earth.   They will also be candidates for flights beyond the

Photo: OII

VideoRay, Oceaneering Offering Operator Training

In partnership with VideoRay, Oceaneering International Inc. (OII) is offering VideoRay open enrollment Basis Operator Training classes at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility located at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) in Houston.   Organizations located in the greater Houston area can benefit by reducing travel related cost associated with training new VideoRay operators and maintaining proficiency for existing operators certified on the VideoRay ROV Pro 4 system.   This open enrollment basic operator training will provide students

Ocean, Space-themed Missions for MATE ROV Competition

the world and managed by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center. The contest’s top winners will be heading to Houston, Texas to compete against the winning teams of other regionals in MATE’s international ROV competition, which will be held June 23—25 at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab. The public is invited to attend the competition and cheer for their local teams, there is no fee to attend. The Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on May 21 at the Alpena High School and Alpena County Plaza Pool at

Coast Guard to Host Underwater Robotics Competition

in Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Oahu Regional Competition Saturday at Base Honolulu.   The contest’s top winners will travel to Houston to compete against the winning teams of other regional MATE international ROV competitions, June 23 to 25 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Lab.   The students are preparing for journeys to the depths of the Earth’s oceans and the farthest reaches of Europa, one of the moons of the planet Jupiter. The teams from local elementary, middle school, high school and home school students are competing in

Courtesy BSEE

BSEE, NASA to Examine Offshore Risks

;  evaluate, design, and test technologies and hardware, including emerging technologies and best available and safest technologies; and •    assess failures and near miss occurrences using the resources and expertise of NASA's accredited failure analysis laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Used by NASA, probabilistic risk assessment is a technique to quantitatively model risk. It was used in the modeling of the Space Shuttle Program and is presently being used for the International Space Station and Orion deep space capsule programs. “Whether the task

Rov Competition (image courtesy of NASA)

MacArtney Connects to the Talent of Tomorrow

Mutual learning and innovation was on top of the agenda, as MacArtney Inc. spent a weekend in the inspirational company of the underwater technology talent of tomorrow. ROVs at NASA, Johnson Space Center Only a few weeks ago, a team of MacArtney representatives and technicians paid a visit to the NASA Johnson Space Center, where the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) astronaut training facility hosted the regional branch of the annual international MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) students underwater robotics and ROV competition. Operating out of the brand new MacArtney Mobile

FuelCell Energy Wins US Navy UUV Contract

the FuelCell Energy team to fulfill the program requirements. The SOFC fuel cell stack is based on the technology developed by Versa Power Systems, an SOFC developer that is partially owned by FuelCell Energy.  Other team partners include the Energy Systems Division of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Yardney Technical Products, Inc., Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).   This diverse team has the expertise required to meet the state-of-the-art system design, safety, and reliability of U.S. Navy specifications.  NASA

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