December 2018 Newsletter Vol. 18, #2
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During the holiday season, especially, we are reminded of the wonderful friends and colleagues we have around the world, from Chile to China, from Germany to Guam, and all around the United States. We are grateful for the many who have made our progress possible, in every way imaginable. To you we say “Thank you. We wish you the best of all things this Holiday Season, and a very fascinating and delightful New Year.”

Nanolander Helps Conservation X Tech Prize Finalist

Global Ocean Design was invited to join Conservation X Tech Prize Team “Real Deep Conservation VR”. The mission: “Autonomous Camera for Kraken Baiting and Recording (ACKBAR): develop easy to use and low-cost deep-sea platforms that can be readily shipped in a ‘toolkit’ that can be deployed by volunteers from any seagoing vessel to rapidly explore a deep-sea area that is threatened.”
Our Nanolander for experimentation, DOV SUTPHEN, and our new positively buoyant 24v-16 Ah LiPo battery pod, were enabling tech that helped the group become finalists.

A 360-degree camera, a prototype Rayfin 360, with Aquorea LED luminaires made by SubC Imaging, Newfoundland, CN, were the primary payload.
The goal to exceed 500m was achieved twice in the same day, from a 21-ft Parker fishing boat. The Nanolander was acoustically recalled from 621m using an EdgeTech BART system, recovered and refurbished at sea, then redeployed for a second mission to 585m, demonstrating the robustness of the design.

Watch the Overview Video here, and 360 Deep-Sea Footage from 2 Dives here.

Photo from the Field: Matthew Mulrennan, XPRIZE

Matt writes, “Nice to see Global Ocean Design represented at the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE field testing in Greece!”  Shown is the Deck Purge Box, an integrated vacuum/purge system. With a universal power supply and no hazmat, it goes to work immediately upon arrival.

Click here for more information on the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE field.

Find out more about the Deck Purge Box on our website.

Recent Publications

1. Global Ocean Design’s newest product, the MCBH Adapters for glass sphere connector feed throughs, was highlighted by Sea Technology Magazine, in their Product Development feature, October 2018 issue, pp 34. For more information on this design, please see our website.
2. Last January’s record deep dive into the Peru-Chile Trench with a Global Ocean Design OmegaLander built for the University of Concepcion, Chile, was selected as one of the 5 highlights of Chilean science for 2018 by the Chilean national newspaper, LUN. And, yes, Atacamex was among them.

3. For dive history buffs: “The History of Manned Undersea Habitats: La Chalupa,” by Kevin Hardy and Ian Koblick, The Journal of Diving History, Fourth Quarter 2018, Vol. 26, Number 97, pp 21-26.  Story of the manned habitat, La Chalupa, built in 1972, and still in operation today in Key Largo, FL as the Jules Undersea Lodge.

Upcoming Events

Oceanology International Americas, February 25-27, 2019, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.
2019 IEEE/OES 12th Current, Waves and Turbulence Measurement and Applications Workshop, March 10-13, 2019, Catamaran Resort, Mission Bay, San Diego, CA.
See you next time!
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