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NDSF operates a fleet of underwater vehicles that enables the oceanographic community to explore, sample, and map the deep ocean and to meet the needs of a changing research landscape.
A 3-person research submersible capable of reaching 4500 meters depth and of supporting custom sensors and samplers. The Alvin Team delivers reliability built from nearly 5,000 successful dives.
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Living in a confined space in response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders is nothing new for Bruce Strickrott. As a pilot of human-occupied vehicle (HOV) Alvin and manager of the Alvin Group, he has spent years making his life at sea. Read the interview to learn the routines that serve him best.Read the article
“Now an $8 million upgrade to the submersible powerhouse Alvin will allow WHOI researchers nearly unprecedented access to some of the most inaccessible corners of the world’s deepest waters, helping us once again to remember what it means to be amazed.” Read an opinion piece on the Alvin upgrade in the Cape Cod Times.Read the article
Following guidance from UNOLS and our host site Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the National Deep Submergence Facility is monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 closely and taking appropriate actions to keep our team and users safe. We are in the process of bringing all vehicles back to their home port in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.…Read the article
Read an interview about the Alvin of the future with submersible pilot and manager of the Alvin Group Bruce Strickrott.Read the article
Watch Alvin return to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the final phase of the overhaul that will allow it to reach 6500 meters depth. Building on work begun in 2011, this process is part of the sub’s regular maintenance cycle, in which Alvin returns to Woods Hole and the team disassembles it, inspects every part,…Read the article
“In an instant, the abyss below resolves into a field of contorted basaltic lava flows. Black, shiny lava pillows extend to the reach of our floodlights, much like photos I’ve seen of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. We touch down and raise a cloud of sediment. Surrounding us, going about their daily lives, are the animals…Read the article