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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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The Sentry Team and deck crew on the research vessel Atlantis had to move quickly in order to launch the autonomous underwater vehicle between squalls off the West Coast recently. Sentry was participating in the University of Washington-led Pythias Oasis expedition funded by the National Science Foundation to map a seafloor fluid “seep” named after the Greek oracle at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi built…Read the article
Check out the cruise site for Sentry’s deployment in the Indian Ocean this past spring. Sentry mapped ~10,000 square kilometers of mantle exposed at the seafloor in this previously unexplored region. Read the daily cruise blog and more about Sentry and the Sentry team.Read the article
“Subsea imaging has been intimately tied to our understanding of the world’s oceans since its beginnings.” An article in Ocean News & Technology traces the history and present-day advances in deep-sea imagingRead the article
Read an article in the Christian Science Monitor exploring how deep-sea research by the oceanographic community—long enabled by NDSF vehicles—has redefined the understanding of where life can exist. Now that knowledge is being used to look for life beyond Earth.Read the article