Alvin refit to 6500 meters
Learn about the overhaul that will take human occupied vehicle Alvin to greater extremes
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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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How the National Deep Submergence Facility’s fleet—HOV Alvin, ROV Jason, and AUV Sentry—provides essential equipment for reaching the deep ocean, enabling important science to be conducted, and making discoveries. Read the whole story here.Read the article
MIT-WHOI joint program student Victoria Preston on planning optimal sampling trajectories for ocean robots and an upcoming cruise working with NDSF vehicles AUV Sentry and ROV Jason. “Overall, I see robots as a tool for scientists. They take knowledge, explore, bring back datasets. Then scientists do the actual hard work of extracting meaningful information to solve…Read the article
A co-production of WHOI and WPBT2/South Florida PBS in Miami, this episode of the award-winning program Changing Seas takes a close-up look at Alvin and the extraordinary places it has taken researchers for more than 50 years. Now, Alvin is poised to continue its revolutionary scientific work with a new set of upgrades that will…Read the article
Watch at sea footage from Cruise RR2102 to: 9°50’N EPR with ROV Jason and AUV Sentry. On deck videography by Lauren Dykman, underwater video from NDSF and Dan Fonari/MISO.Read the article
“Ballard doesn’t let setbacks—or anything else really—slow him down. But after 157 expeditions, the man who introduced the public to deepwater exploration is taking stock. This spring he’s publishing a memoir and releasing a documentary, both with National Geographic.” Read the preview story here.Read the article