Multi-Function Node

Workers from WHOI and Oregon State University deploy a multi-function node (MFN) from the fantail of the R/V Wecoma near Newport, Oregon, in March 2011. After entering the water, the node came to rest on the seafloor but remained attached to the buoy seen floating behind the ship. The MFN was designed to house a variety of scientific instruments and provide docking stations for autonomous underwater vehicles. The mooring (buoy plus node), which was built at WHOI, is a prototype of others that will be deployed as part of the CGSN's Endurance Array. (Photo by Craig Risien, Oregon State University)