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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Andrew P. Girard

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The Flying Fish VPR on the deck of the Oceanus


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(Cabel Davis)


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SSSG Flying Fish with VPR-II optical package

Collaborators:
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.




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