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SOI Collaborating with WHOI on World’s Most Advanced Deep-diving Robotic Vehicle

Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) has begun working with the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to design and build the world’s most advanced robotic undersea research vehicle for use on SOI’s ship Falkor. The new vehicle will be capable of operating in the deepest known trenches on the planet, including the nearly 11,000-meter-deep Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. The design will capitalize on lessons learned from past WHOI vehicle designs, as well as advanced technologies developed for DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the submersible and science platform that explorer and director James Cameron piloted to Challenger Deep in 2012 and donated to WHOI in 2013.

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AUV Sentry

The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry is a capable of reaching a depth of 6000 meters and carries a wide…

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Dolphin Assist

For scientists studying marine mammals in the wild, data-logging tags are invaluable tools that allow them to observe animals’ movements…

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ABE Animation

Maintaining a constant altitude and precision navigation, ABE is programmed to fly back and forth over the seafloor (which scientists…

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Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with Sharks

Amy Kukulya’s clients often have curious requests, but this was among the oddest. As an engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Kurt Uetz

Rebuilding Alvin: Kurt Uetz

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Al Suchy

Rebuilding Alvin: Al Suchy

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Dutch Wegman

Rebuilding Alvin: Dutch Wegman

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Paul Keith

Rebuilding Alvin: Paul Keith

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Chris Lathan

Rebuilding Alvin: Chris Lathan

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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