AUV Sentry

HOV Alvin is coming to San Diego this winter

#HOVAlvin and #AUVSentry are coming to San Diego this December for open house event.  The San Diego Union Tribune features interviews of scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography who have had HOV Alvin dives recently. “In the age of marine robotics, scientists still jockey for the right to descend miles deep in Alvin, one of…

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The deepest volcanism discovered by AUV Sentry in Mariana back-arc

New York Times featured seafloor volcanism discovered by #AUVSentry: “A Vault of Glass and the Deepest Volcanic Eruption Ever Detected”  This volcanism in Mariana back-arc is originally discovered by Dr. Chadwick using #AUVSentry during a 2015 cruise, for which subsequent imagery survey revealed the prolific lava flows in one of the deepest basins in the world.…

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Three HOV Alvin/AUV Sentry expeditions in this autumn/winter 2018!

Currently, HOV Alvin and AUV Sentry are on R/V Atlantis, conducting science program lead by Prof. Erik Cordes of Temple University off Costa Rica (Voyage AT42-03 – see where is Atlantis now?). This is the first of three consecutive autumn/winter 2018 expeditions for #HOVAlvin and #AUVSentry (all funded by @NSF_GEO). Upon completion of current cruise,…

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500th Sentry Dive (10.16.2018) !!!

When we recover AUV Sentry during night time, its strobe highlights the vehicle emerging on sea-surface, ensuring us the vehicle is back after a dive mission. 500th time of “welcome back, well done, Sentry!!” See the WHOI Top Story about this accomplishment

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AUV Sentry revealed new view of Bermuda’s seamounts

Louis Whitcomb, a professor in the JHU department of mechanical engineering and an adjunct scientist at WHOI, has lead #NSFfunded @ NSF_Geo studies on the navigation, dynamics, and control of robotic systems in seafloor with many seamounts, including the shallow Challenger seamount (located at a depth of 164 feet, or 50 meters) to the southwest…

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AUV Sentry finishing the cruise AE1824 today (with an old sailing mate at BIOS)

The AUV Sentry Team is completing a cruise on R/V Atlantic Explorer (Cruise AE1824) today. This is an NSF-funded science and engineering research expedition lead by Professor Louis Whitcomb (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. James Kinsey (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) to test a novel directional sensing device and innovative acoustic communication methods. Like any UNOLS…

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AUV Sentry testing novel technologies on R/V Atlantic Explorer

AUV Sentry is currently sailing on the R/V ATLANTIC EXPLORER with co-Chief scientists Louis Whitcomb of Johns Hopkins and James Kinsey of WHOI. The mission of this expedition is to test novel technologies related to vehicle’s attitude sensing and acoustic communication capabilities. Read more »

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NDSF vehicles reveal what happened to the El Faro

From the Cape Cod Times: The National Transportation Safety Board found the ship’s wreckage a few weeks after the sinking. In April 2016, with the help of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, it located the voyage data recorder, a device roughly the size of a basketball, in a 13.5-square-mile debris field. WHOI used two unmanned…

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