June 19: Starting the AUV game

After an exciting start into the cruise today’s focus is on our Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). These underwater-robots transact the water column in a zick-zack pattern, and provide us with a large variety of data, including videos from an upward-looking camera (stay tuned). Since our CTD-casts from yesterday revealed strong spatial variability on scales larger than 5nm, we hope that the AUVs fills in the gaps on smaller scales.

AUV Darter gets launched over the starboard side of the ship. The operators need to be careful that it doesn’t hit the ship wall. After being released, Darter follows a pre-defined mission pathway. It communicates with the team on the ship when surfacing.

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