June 2016 Newsletter Vol. 1, #4
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Nanolander™ Rides New Access to the Sea

A charter vessel gets a researcher over a point of interest, but how can they access the remote interior of the sea?  The Nanolander is a small, portable instrument delivery system that will carry sensor payloads and samplers to the seafloor up to 2km deep, for any length of stay, return to the surface, and radio its range and bearing directly to the recovery ship. The Nanolander adapts quickly to a variety of fieldwork, from biology to ocean chemistry. One Nanolander, dubbed DOV BEEBE by its Scripps graduate student owner, was recently carried by a SeaKeepers Discovery Yacht, the MV Niyama, for engineering evaluation tests off the coast of San Diego. Her scientific investigation studies the expansion of the oxygen minimum zones of the world oceans. The sensor pod is a Sea-Bird SBE 37-SMP-ODO MicroCAT™ C-T-ODO (P) Recorder.  Other commercial sensor pods, including those from RBR Ltd, AML Oceanographic, Xylem, SonTek, Ocean Sensors, as well as researcher-built devices, are readily adapted to the Nanolander.
Additional science-enabling payloads are available from Global Ocean Design and its allied marine industrial partners. Payload upgrades include an acoustic release/command/control system, a compact time-lapse video camera and light system, a baited drop arm, and a sediment sampler with roots in the Moore corer design.
We’re encouraging a user group community to share its trials and successes.  Look for training videos on YouTube soon!

Deck Purge Box and Self-sealing Vacuum Ports Awarded U.S. Patent

Having spent more than our fair share of time at sea opening and closing instrument housings, we had a lot of insight into designing the ultimate vacuum/ moisture purge system.  We added so many user-friendly features that we thought we should apply for a patent. Good move! The USPTO agreed and recently awarded Global Ocean Design its first U.S. patent!

The Deck Purge Box is small, lightweight, portable, integrated system with a universal power supply. And it's TSA-approved for passenger aircraft. The Deck Purge Box requires no high-pressure gas cylinders to function. The self-sealing feature of our purge ports allows time for the careful cleaning and sealing of the pressure proof cap. That's a step that shouldn't be rushed.
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Please join us in a Town Hall at Oceans 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey

Town Hall topic: “Ocean Innovation and Unique Partnerships”
Please join us as we shake the world from the seafloor up! It’s what we do. We’re joining with the IOOS to spotlight and examine several new transformational technologies and collaborative partnerships for ocean research. From free ship time to ocean-applied robotics in all its forms, let’s get out to sea and do science!
The co-moderators, Zdenka Willis, US IOOS, and Kevin Hardy, Founder, Global Ocean Design and Co-Founder of the International SeaKeepers Society Discovery Yacht Program, will lead a Town Hall to engage the audience and panelists in a discussion of where our science and enabling technology are headed.  Please join us to share your experiences and ideas.

See Us at Oceans 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey

Exhibit Hall
Ocean Innovations, booth 75, 76
Global Dynamix, booth 65
Town Hall
“Ocean Technology Innovation and Unique Partnerships”, NOAA USIOOS
Office and Global Ocean Design
Paper: “Enabling a New Era of Ocean Discovery and Research”, in Section 3.3 
Oceanographic Instrumentation and Sensors, Kevin Hardy, Richard Snow
Tutorial: “Free Descent/Ascent Vehicle Applications, Technology and
Operations”, with Rob Morris, EdgeTech, and Brock Rosenthal, Ocean
Innovations (T1), Full day, Monday, 9-4
Please check conference program for dates and times.

In Print from Global Ocean Design

1.Unique Applications of Acoustic Releases”, Rob Morris, EdgeTech, and Kevin Hardy, Global Ocean Design, Ocean News & Technology, April 2016 (Updated link from last issue).

2.Ed Link’s Submerged Portable Inflatable Dwelling (SPID)”, Kevin Hardy, and Ian Koblick’s adaptation of Dr. Joseph B. MacInnis’ Scientific American article, Journal of Diving History, First Quarter 2016, #86, pp 42-46
3. WATCH FOR IT IN JULY: “Quantifying Battery Capacity for Marine Applications”, Kevin Hardy, Global Ocean Design, and Ron Lugo, Battery Concepts, Ocean News & Technology, July 2016

Invite Us to Visit

We are on the road frequently visiting our customers. Please let us know if you’d like us to stop by when we’re in your area!
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