Our Chief Robotics Engineer, Jérémy Sitbon, has returned from a trip to Zanzibar supporting the SOLSTICE project with colleagues from the National Oceanography Centre, including Dr Matthew Palmer.
During Jérémy's short trip one of our ecoSUBm5 AUVs was used to complete some very simple coral reef surveys with a GoPro camera whilst measuring temperature and Chlorophyll concentration with a Valeport Hyperion fluorometer.
We'll share more news from this trip in the near future, but below are a few images and a short video from the mission.
SOLSTICE-WIO is a four-year project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The project addresses three sustainable development challenges facing developing countries: Images and our participation are courtesy of SOLSTICE.
Images & video acknowledgements: NOC/SOLSTICE/GCRF
We spent much of last week at sea extending our testing of our underwater acoustic localisation and navigation system. We had an ambitious target to get 10 of our ecoSUBs in the water operating together within a network, unfortunately we only got to six before we ran out of time on the water :(
We had many successes during the week and will be back out soon to finish off the mission!
Our many thanks to Smart Sound Plymouth for use of Plymouth Quest, PML Explorer and the Smart Sound Laboratory based at Plymouth Marine Lab (PML). Our special thanks to James Fishwick of PML/Smart Sound for all his help and support with coordination, logistics and piloting PML Explorer.
Friday afternoon and 13 ecoSUB AUVs are all ready for next week where we will be running 10 together for a Rapid Environmental Characterisation Test. In two hours we will provide a multi depth lawnmower survey of a 1km x 1km box collecting data on the concentration of hydrocarbons and Chlorophyll. Watch this space for some exciting results...