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Satellite Telemetry Via Pop-Up Data Capsules for Ocean Bottom Seismology and Mid-Ocean Ridge Observatories

DOEI Project Funded: 2003

Proposed Research

We plan to design and test key components of a data retrieval system suitable for ocean bottom seismic stations and mid-ocean ridge observatories. Data would be telemetered ashore from expendable data capsules that are released periodically. The technology will be particularly useful for seismic stations deployed at high latitudes where a submarine cable or a co-located surface buoy is impractical. Each capsule will have sufficient memory to store all of the data collected over periods of several months, but the data telemetered (which costs about 10 cents per kbyte to send ashore using the Iridium system) will typically be a subset chosen for its importance.

Originally published: January 1, 2003