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USVs: A Solution for Inspecting Dams and Guarding Waterways

ease of which the MANTAS USV was able to, “perform the survey of the upstream and downstream sections of the dam.” This built upon earlier work where the same vehicle was employed in a Navy-Marine Corps exercise to perform reconnaissance along the Intracoastal Waterway near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.As widely reported in the news media earlier this year, the U.S. Border Patrol is increasingly challenged to effectively perform its mission. One article, “Border Patrol Asks Industry for Sensors and Enabling Technologies to Watch Difficult-to-Monitor Waterways,” put an exclamation

Larger-than-average GoM ‘Dead Zone’ Expected

year NOAA is producing its own forecast, using a suite of NOAA-supported hypoxia forecast models jointly developed by the agency and its partners – teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, North Carolina State University, and Dalhousie University and the USGS, who provided the loading data for the models. The NOAA forecast integrates the results of these multiple models into a separate average forecast and is released in coordination with these external groups, some of which are also developing

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US Supreme Court Maroons Filmmaker in Blackbeard Video Piracy Fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a legal broadside to a filmmaker who documented the recovery of notorious English pirate Blackbeard’s wrecked ship, refusing to revive his video piracy lawsuit that sought monetary damages from North Carolina.The justices upheld a lower court’s 2018 ruling that the state was protected by a legal doctrine called sovereign immunity and could not be sued for copyright infringement for using filmmaker Frederick Allen’s images online.Allen sued in 2015 in federal court, accusing the state of infringing his copyrights on five videos and a photograph

The Sea Ox enters the surf in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo: Rob Howard)

Video: Robotic Surf Crawler

, and can be driven using RF antenna, RF buoy or using a tether. Trialed this summer at ANTX, the inertial system achieved a misclosure of 3.38m after a 2,813m mission with 44 turns.C-2 Innovations said Scripps Institution of Oceanography has had one of its vehicles in use for four years, and USACE North Carolina FRF has a contract to purchase one.Nick Townley, business development, C-2 Innovations, with the Sea Ox (Photo: Rob Howard

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AAM launches 77-ft. RV for Duke University

for 14 persons. Driven by twin fixed pitch propellers, this research vessel can accommodate up to 30 passengers and is constructed and certified under USCG Subchapter “T” regulations.The Duke Marine Lab is a year-round teaching and research campus located on Pivers Island in Beaufort, North Carolina. It offers academic programs at the doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels, and is home to the Nicholas School of the Environment Marine Science and Conservation programs. The vessel was procured as part of an $11 million gift for the construction and operation of a new state-of-the-art research

A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. (NOAA)

NOAA: $2.7M for Marine Trash Studies

in New Jersey to study how microplastics move from rivers to the ocean, and how they may enter the food chain.Approximately $1.5 million in grants will support 10 community-driven removal projects in Alaska, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island (Alaska), California, Guam, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Washington) and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grantees will implement locally based, cost-effective activities to remove marine debris, including derelict fishing gear and abandoned and derelict vessels. Approximately $1.2 million will support four marine

A Timelapse of EagleRay Transitioning from Sea to Sky (Credit NCSU)

Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

used very high-resolution cameras and were able to identify animals in the water, in this example jellyfish, as well as birds in flight.In addition to the field results from MBARI, and other science users, the workshop presented new ideas for drones that can operate both in the air and underwater. North Carolina State University presented concepts for cross-domain autonomous vehicles (XAVs). With DARPA sponsorship and a partnership with Teledyne Scientific, this team built a fixed wing drone that can fly and swim. This system, dubbed EagleRay, was developed and tested extensively between 2015 and 2016

The R/V Petrel, owned by Microsoft Cofounder and Philanthropist Paul G. Allen, at sea in search of the USS Indianapolis. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

Wreckage of USS Wasp CV-7 Discovered

the war, it was touch and go. Those who served at that time deserve the gratitude of our nation for holding the Japanese back.”In its final battle, Wasp was hit in arguably the most effective spread of torpedoes in history by a Japanese submarine I-19, which fired six torpedoes. USS Hornet, USS North Carolina and USS O’Brien were all hit and either crippled or sunk as well.Although the torpedoes that hit Wasp caused a massive inferno on the ship, men showed reluctance to leave until all remaining crewmates were safe. Only when satisfied that the crew had been evacuated did Capt. Forrest P. Sherman

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

oil output for U.S. consumption and for exports, also went to ION GeoVentures, Spectrum Geo Inc and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company.The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The other attorneys general are from Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. They joined a suit by conservationists filed earlier this month by groups including the Coastal Conservation League, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana.(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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