Meet the inspirational robots protecting coral reefs
Current by Distrelec, December 21, 2018
From bots targeting coral-eating starfish to soft, fishlike machines monitoring the situation via a Super Nintendo controller, these are the robots saving our reefs.
Sea Drones: Taking the Operator Out of the Loop
MS&T, November 26, 2018
Unlike unmanned air systems (UAS), in which the man in the loop is an essential component of mission execution, unmanned vehicles in the maritime environment tend toward autonomy. And because of this difference, the training to support these vehicles is technical and largely focused on managing the vehicle in pre- and post-mission aspects.
Annual Naval Exercise Showcases Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Capabilities
National Defense, October 25, 2018
Along the coast of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, members of industry, academia and the Navy recently experimented with unmanned underwater vehicles that officials believe could one day prove key in future naval skirmishes.
Marine Robots Could Help Improve Forecasts of European Weather
Ocean News & Technology, October 25, 2018
On Saturday 20th October, the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed on an expedition during which a new automated system of collecting climate data will be trialed. If successful, the new technology could help improve long-range European weather forecasts in the future. …A new unit, developed at the NOC’s laboratories in Southampton and Liverpool, will be attached to one of these moorings to gather data from all the instruments on the wire and then transmit the data using sound signals to a marine robot called a “Wave Glider” at the sea surface, which will in turn send the data by satellite to scientists at the NOC.
Island Ecosystem Transformation via Lava
Smithsonian Ocean, October 12, 2018
Residents of Hawaii’s Big Island are holding their breath, and it’s not just the humans. After months of hot lava spewing from the Kilauea volcano since an eruption began on May 3, 2018, the flow has slowed and the National Park is reopened. The hot volcanic rock traveling down the volcano impacted all the ecosystems it encountered—from homes to local vegetation and bird populations. The lava eventually made its way to the sea where the ocean literally boiled.
Out to Sea: Liquid Robotics Uses Wave Gliders to Restore the Island’s Ocean and Coastal Communities
West Hawaii Today, September 12, 2018
KAWAIHAE — In the heart of the Kawaihae Harbor is a homegrown company called Liquid Robotics. The internationally known entity invented and manufactures the Wave Glider — the world’s first wave- and solar-powered, autonomous, unmanned, marine robot. From humble beginnings, including an early prototype made from a surfboard purchased at Costco in Kona, the latest in the Wave Glider fleet is the SV3, a sleek ocean-faring vehicle with two main parts: a float that sits on the surface of the ocean, and a sub with wings that hangs by an umbilical cord anywhere from 8 to 20 feet below.
Smarter Surveillance at Sea
World Ocean Initiative - The Economist, August 22, 2018
The World Ocean Initiative team interviewed Roger Hine, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Liquid Robotics, and winner of the first World Ocean Summit Innovation Challenge. During their most recent mission, Liquid Robotics deployed two Wave Gliders to survey the ocean…
Wave Gliders Represent Sea Change for Scientific Research
VeroNews.com, August 16, 2018
Slow-moving but highly useful at sea and strong enough to ride out a hurricane, Wave Gliders are multiplying off the Space Coast, proving especially useful monitoring at-sea missile launch tests and providing platforms for a variety of scientific research. A recent notice to mariners was sent out for a Wave Glider, due back in the area July 15, that had been involved in a test for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Wave Gliders are increasingly used in real-time monitoring…
Cefas Trials Innovative Fisheries Acoustics Technique
Environmental Analyst, August 7, 2018
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has collaborated with marine robotics specialist Liquid Robotics to successfully trial an innovative technique for counting schools of fish. The trial formed part of the UK NERC/Defra funded AlterEco project which seeks to develop an innovative framework for assessing marine ecosystem functioning in continental shelf seas.
Wave Glider Device Undergoes First Test in Oman
Oman Daily Observer, August 6, 2018
Muscat: The Research Council (TRC) represented by the Institute of Advanced Technology Integration (IATI), in cooperation with Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, conducted the first test in the Sultanate’s waters for the Wave Glider, which is a water probe designed to be used for detecting and collecting samples of groundwater discharged water.
Cefas Scientists Complete 6-week Autonomous Fisheries Acoustics Mission
Hydro International, August 3, 2018
A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks. The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company, USA, have successfully deployed, tested and recovered a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which was adapted to allow scientists to collect high-quality broadband fisheries acoustics data.
Scientists Complete 1700km Autonomous Acoustics Mission
Marine Technology News, August 3, 2018
A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks. The U.K.’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and U.S. based Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company, have deployed, tested and recovered a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which was adapted to allow scientists to collect high quality broadband fisheries acoustics data.
Ocean Robots are Helping Researchers Analyze Kilauea’s Ocean Impacts
KFVE Hawaii, August 1, 2018
Scientists have started analyzing live data collected by two ocean robots on the impacts of lava flowing into the water off lower Puna. The original plan was to have the Wave Gliders gather measurements close to the ocean entry, but once the unmanned vehicles arrived, they had to change course.
Lower Puna Ocean Entry Gives Scientists Rare Opportunity to Collect New Data About Impact of Lava on Marine Life, Sea Water
West Hawaii Today, July 24, 2018
With the ongoing eruption and subsequent lava ocean entry in lower Puna, Steven Colbert, an associate professor in the Marine Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, said he’s been collaborating with Liquid Robotics in Kawaihae Harbor on the use of their Wave Glider technology. The unmanned device is collecting water data and measurements from areas around the lava ocean entry.
Kīlauea: Scientists Explain What’s Happening Beneath the Sea Surface
Maui Now, July 20, 2018
… One of the biggest impacts to the surrounding underwater environment is water temperature. Marine scientist, Steven Colbert says results collected by the Liquid Robotics WaveGlider indicate temperatures up to 120 degrees about 100 yards offshore with temperatures of 100 degrees or more extending up to 2 miles from the ocean entry. Fortunately, this layer of warmer water does not seem to spread far along the shoreline and has a depth of less than 20 feet, sheltering the surrounding ecosystems both along the coast and at depth.
Ocean Robots Collect Data From Kīlauea Flow
Big Island Now, June 27, 2018
Liquid Robotics deployed two Wave Gliders, autonomous ocean robots, to capture live ocean data close to where lava is flowing into the ocean from Kilauea Volcano. By using this unmanned technology, scientists have the rare opportunity to study the effects of lava entering the ocean, the plume it creates and the interactions of the lava and seawater directly from the surface of the ocean.
Video: Scientists Using Bay Area Drones to Track Kilauea Lava Flow
ABC 7 News, June 26, 2018
Scientists are seeing wave top data from the Kilauea lava flow that weren’t taken by a manned boat. Instead, Sunnyvale based Liquid Robotics is testing the waters by remote control, with two of their oceangoing Wave Glider drones.
Video: Silicon Valley Robot Helps Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Researchers
NBC Bay Area, June 26, 2018
Silicon Valley robots are helping researchers monitor the effects of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano by going into the danger zone, where mankind cannot. Wave Gliders are getting in the water, within 300 meters of the lava plume, where the temperatures are above 120 degrees, a kind of research that can save lives.