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Release Module

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Principal release components
  • Benthos SM-100 smart release. The SM-100 is an acoustic release combined with an underwater modem.
  • Benthos 865-H load multiplier. Release capacity = 50,000 pounds.
  • Bottom sensing altimiter = Benthos PSA-916 200 Khz. Sonar altimeter. The altimeter is deployed on a telescoping pole with a maximum reach of 3.5 meters from center of release dish.
  • Manufacturer of these components Teledyne Benthos Undersea Systems and Equipment
    North Falmouth, MA
    http://www.benthos.com
  • Bottom contact winch and drop weight controlled by SM-100 modem. The contact weight is used to calibrate and confirm data received from the altimeter.


Top view of release module.  Components are housed in a 60? diameter stainless steel elliptical dish.  Modem electronics, hi-powered battery pack and retracted altimeter boom are visible.
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Top view of release module

Components are housed in a 60” diameter stainless steel elliptical dish.Modem electronics, hi-powered battery pack and retracted altimeter boom are visible.



Release module near surface during testing.  The altimeter telescoping boom is near full extension.
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Release module near surface during testing

The altimeter telescoping boom is near full extension.



Release module coupled to the corehead during the last phase of launch operations.
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Release module coupled to the corehead

during the last phase of launch operations.




Last updated: May 7, 2008
 


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