Iain and Alex were working from a beach in Southampton yesterday, running missions with the ecoSUBm5-Hydrocarbon Sniffer AUV, our low cost platform available with the Seabird Scientific SeaOWL sensor for oil in water detection and a Valeport CT sensor for conductivity and temperature.
The missions were run to allow colleagues from Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and Blue Ocean Monitoring the chance to see the vehicle up close and appreciate the speed of data availability. As part of the work, OSRL received full data sets immediately after each mission and integrated it into their mission control platform for data visualisation. This process was tuned during the day and allowed full output within minutes of a mission finishing.
The ecoSUB AUV demonstrated its ease of use, ability to be operated with very little infrastructure and performed perfectly, completing all missions and providing useful data.
Really great to see that staff at the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban have been putting their ecoSUBm5 AUV to excellent use.
Students have been using the ecoSUBm5 as part of the Robotics module. Aim: setup, ballast, problem solve, setup mission, deploy, data download and process etc.! What a success.
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