Our Vehicles. Your Tools.
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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Geologist Michael Perfit has taken about 40 dives in HOV Alvin. Read his account of a day at work underwater published in The Conversation.Read the article
Read Gizmodo’s reporting on a paper published this month in Nature Communications that used samples collected on a 2017 Alvin mission to the East Pacific Rise 9° 50′ N vent field in the Pacific Ocean. “What’s great about Alvin is that you can be down there with the vent, get direct samples, and see everything in…Read the article
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