|SSSG Flying Fish with VPR-II optical package|
Barrie Walden, SSSG
Cabel Davis, Biology input
Fred Thwaites, Engineer (initial design)
Ken Peal and Ed Hobart, software
Andy Girard, SSSG Opperations
-Computer controlled, maneuverable, three-axis tow fish that can perform programmed undulations and be steered away from the ships wake while being towed from the stern A frame.
-High resolution digital video camera in the Video Plankton Recorder for improved direct signal image processing.
-tow speeds of 10-12 knots (5-6m/s).
-A cantilevered tow bridle to maintain a clean sample area.
-Small diameter tow cable and smaller winch for coastal ship use.
-Improved, user friendly data analysis capable of real time plots and an easy interface with the flight controls of the vehicle.