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  • OpenROV
    companies All OpenROV designs including robot hardware and software are completely open and freely available to the general public The project leverages enthusiasm of the global community of volunteer supporters and developers to rapidly refine and advance the system capabilities On a broader scale OpenROV creators are both contributing to and benefiting from the growing global community of open source researchers and developers It costs 485 27 to buy all components comprising the OpenROV system and a pre packaged standard kit can be purchased for 750 Its features include a customizable payload module allowing to use various sensors such as pH and temperature monitors cameras and robotic arms OpenROV uses an ultra thin tether that gives the robot exceptional agility and can be easily repaired or replaced OpenROV collaborators are developing technology that will eventually give the robot Internet connectivity allowing its users to control it from anywhere in the world Cost of building and indefinitely owning a couple of OpenROVs compares favorably with those of using commercial diver servises for just a few hours whereas the risks of sending a diver to 100m are by far greater than those of loosing an OpenROV Growing Community OpenROV community consists of more than 1100 members of the from over 50 countries around the world who contribute their expertise time skills to the advancement of this platform The community keeps growing as more individuals and organizations realize the potential of this new open approach to research exploration and technology innovation Multiple educational and professional applications can be envisioned for this system Its small size enables exploration of cracks crevices and shipwrecks for much longer periods of time than would be possible for human divers allowing OpenROV enthusiasts to concentrate on observations and data collection as opposed to life support systems OpenROV developers

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/OpenROV (2016-01-08)
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  • Kite Assist Project
    ground a boat or a person Its surface area acts as a wing that lifts its frame into the air The ability to send high resolution cameras into the air above research vessels at sea via kites is particularly valuable to some researchers because it offers a much more efficient way of obtaining real time aerial photography than airplanes helicopters and satellites Satellite images of the same quality as those taken from any kite or aircraft flying below 1000 meters are especially expensive according to the KAI High resolution images taken from cameras mounted to kites could be used to assess a variety of phenomena such as the extent of an oil spill progression of an algal bloom and whale migration patterns In turn of the 19th century military applications some of the largest kites were actually balloons that resembled blimps and had the ability to carry human observers into the sky so they could keep watchful eyes on the enemy They were also used to erect temporary communication antennas The KAI in a partnership with the Marine Science and Technology Foundation MSTF developed a much smaller sleeker version of the kite balloon KAI designers made their version of a kite balloon which the industry now widely calls a Kytoon It is a balloon that has many of the aerodynamic properties of a kite allowing it greater stability in the wind The big trick about aerial photography especially aerial video is you need the kite to be extremely still Montague said KAI personnel field tested a version of the Kytoon during an oceanographic research expedition aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute ship Lone Ranger in February of 2012 in the Sargasso Sea As in any form of aviation kite balloons must strike a delicate balance between the weight of their cargo and the lift they generate Launching our Kytoon in the Sargasso Sea gave us several advantages from a testing standpoint Montague said In the Bay area there are restrictions on altitude and other air traffic that can get in the way Out there we were able to experiment with much longer tether lengths Montague and his team from the KAI attached a GoPro camera to the Kytoon A GoPro is a high resolution camera that weighs only 98 grams about the same as a small bag of chips or 40 pennies With a waterproof case and hardware to mount the camera to the balloon the total camera assembly added 351 grams to the Kytoon s payload or about three quarters of a pound When filled with helium gas the balloon generated 760 grams of lift above and beyond its own weight Over the course of five days at sea that lift decreased to 535 grams still enough to fly the camera assembly without any wind The Kytoon generates substantially more lift when there is a wind source Montague said Montague and his team continue to refine a camera mount stabilized by servos attached to motion sensors so they can obtain

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/Kite+Assist+Project (2016-01-08)
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  • Deep Sea Observatory Redeployment
    return to resupply Deep Sea Observatory and collect the data The observatory was developed by MBARI s researcher Ken Smith and engineer Alana Sherman to provide a view of the food supply to deep sea ecosystems a habitat that occupies more than 60 of the Earth s surface and is important in the global carbon cycle Similar instruments maintained in the eastern North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific have provided

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/Deep+Sea+Observatory+Redeployment (2016-01-08)
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  • Project Saildrone
    collaboration of Saildrone LLC with the Marine Science Technology Foundation An autonomous vehicle designed for operation on the water s surface Saildrone is powered entirely by wind and solar energy Suitable for deployments from either shore or ship it has the capability to autonomously navigate across any body of water around the world Our current R D effort aims to enable Saildrone to survive autonomous deployments lasting many months in the open ocean and prove it as a cost efficient and agile autonomous data collection platform It can safely and reliably operate in areas difficult to access using large ships and other traditional methods for example around shallow reefs banks and in otherwise harsh coastal environments Saildrone will have substantial on board payload capacity to accommodate a variety of embedded sensors as well as add on instrumentation for collection of diverse oceanographic data Two way satellite communication allows Saildrone to send data to shore and receive commands from a shoreside control center while operating autonomously at sea Missions can be modified on the fly by a shoreside operator e g if telemetry data shows interesting trends that require more detailed investigation This collaboration will enable Saildrone LLC and MSTF to

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/Saildrone (2016-01-08)
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  • VPRII
    public because they allow researchers to evaluate and track the health of the ocean ecosystem That is important he says because what is happening with plankton impacts the global carbon and nitrogen cycles as well as having ripple effects up the food chain to fish marine mammals MSTF and WHOI partnered to give the VPRII its new set of eyes a high speed color underwater microscope camera that can snap up to 30 digital frames per second capturing millions of impressions of individual organisms that pass by The camera uses precision optics that focus on a small volume of illuminated space midway between VPRII s nose and right arm The captured pictures are combined with inputs from other VPRII sensors and then transmitted through the VPRII fiber optic towing wire to the research ship Once onboard a custom designed image analysis software is used to post process the photos identify the various types of pictured organisms associate the data with the current VPRII geographical coordinates and depth and create statistical records and plots characterizing the types of plankton that were found at various locations and depths along the ship s route down to the individual microorganism level VPRII has an array of sensors that record temperature chlorophyll fluorescence the amount of microscopic plants salinity and light levels VPRII will be receiving another important upgrade an advanced nitrate sensor Nitrate is a key nutrient for the phytoplankton which are microscopic plants that inhabit the upper layer of much of the ocean As a population phytoplankton are among the word s top consumers of carbon dioxide a greenhouse gas and producers of oxygen The millions of images and sensor data points collected by VPRII will aid scientists in explaining changes in the ocean ecosystem such as unexpected declines in fish populations that

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/VPRII (2016-01-08)
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  • AUV Research in Australia
    to present current AUV work conducted at ACFR on efficient stereo based Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping and dense scene reconstruction methods designed for high resolution 3D seafloor mapping In his presentation Dr Williams discussed techniques for 3D scene reconstruction visualisation novelty detection and classification as well as the specific tools developed for creating and visualising 3D texture mapped models of the seafloor Dr Williams described the outcomes of several research

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/AUV+Research+in+Australia (2016-01-08)
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  • Deep Sea Observatory Deployment
    a long term observing system was deployed about 550 nautical miles 640 miles southwest of Bermuda 5 400 meters down on the ocean floor The system developed by MBARI ecologist Ken Smith and engineer Alana Sherman consists of a time lapse camera connected to a string of sediment traps see diagram The time lapse camera will snap pictures of a four by five meter patch of ocean floor every hour

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/story/Deep+Sea+Observatory+Deployment (2016-01-08)
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  • MBARI
    Team Tags MBARI Observatory SOI MBARI Stories Deep Sea Observatory Deployment YCO tour of RV Western Flyer Deep Sea Observatory Redeployment Deep Sea Observatory gallery Search Home 2013 Marine Science

    Original URL path: http://mstfoundation.org/tag/MBARI (2016-01-08)
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