Groundbreaking Study on Iceland’s Extreme Ocean Surface
Sea Technology, March 7, 2017
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is collaborating with the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) on a groundbreaking study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast. New state-of-the-art instruments will measure waves, currents, atmospheric pressure and sea surface temperature. Already, an expendable buoy has reported seas in excess of 12 m (40 ft.) in its first week of operation in the chilly Icelandic waters.
GEOMAR Wave Glider Missions Live
Hydro International, March 6, 2017
The Wave Glider missions run by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, can be followed live on the internet. The internet portal GEOMAR Navigator has been set up to provide Wave Glider’s courses and velocities and the latest data they have collected from the ocean. The portal was developed as part of a scientific cooperation with Oman. A first test mission is currently taking place in the subtropical region of the North-East Atlantic.
Scientists Explore Senghor Sea Mount
Subsea World News, February 27, 2017
A group of European and American scientists have embarked on an oceanographic mission aboard the German research vessel RV Maria S. Merian to study the physical and bio-geo-chemical characterization of the Senghor Sea Mount ecosystem located to the north of the Cape Verde Archipelago.
The Digital Ocean: Our Next Information Frontier
Scientific American, February 16, 2017
We need an information superhighway of the seas
… In reality, instant access to data is only true for less than one quarter of our planet. For the remaining three quarters, the ocean, there is a huge information infrastructure gap, with limited to no real time access to data…
La foire du drone
Le Monde.fr, February 13, 2017
Les autorités japonaises vont utiliser à partir de mai un appareil autonome capable de repérer un tremblement de terre sous-marin et de prévenir la population en temps réel. Les débuts du robot détecteur de tsunami n’ont pas été de tout repos – on l’a perdu pendant plusieurs semaines avant qu’il ne soit retrouvé miraculeusement dans les filets d’un bateau de pêche – mais les autorités japonaises assurent qu’il est parfaitement au point. Le Wave Glider (littéralement, le « planeur des vagues »), un « drone » sous-marin chargé d’ausculter les séismes imperceptibles – ou repérés trop tard – depuis la surface, doit être mis en service en mai au large de l’archipel d’Ogasawara.
Aquatic Robot Braves Volcanoes and Typhoons to Detect Tsunamis
Scientific American, January 30, 2017
A drone will circle the world’s newest volcanic island, near Japan, to warn of devastating waves. The newest and most dangerous island in the world is about to get a robotic sentinel. Since bursting to life 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo in 2013, a massive marine volcano called Nishinoshima has erupted dozens of times, spewing red-hot lava that engulfed a neighboring island. As the volcano has grown, so has the risk it represents to 2,500 people living on the nearby Japanese archipelago of Ogasawara. Should Nishinoshima’s rocky slopes collapse during an eruption, they could trigger a deadly tsunami that would reach the Ogasawara islands within 20 minutes.
Whale sharks’ secrets revealed by live-tracking aquatic drones
New Scientist, January 23, 2017
Wave-powered drones are being used to provide live tracking of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, for the first time.
Researchers at the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center (WSORC) on the island of Utila, Honduras, have just finished a year-long project using autonomous “Wave Glider” drones to patrol for whale sharks and report back on their movements. The team was able to follow along in real-time as the drones relayed the depth and minute-by-minute position of individual sharks.
Boeing Developing Air-Drop Capability for SHARC Unmanned Surface Vehicle
SEAPOWER Magazine, January 19, 2017
Boeing is developing a kit to air-drop its SHARC (Sensor-Hosting Remote Autonomous Craft) wave glider by parachute into a deployment zone for surveillance.
The SHARC — developed by Liquid Robotics, which Boeing recently acquired — is a wave-gliding unmanned surface vehicle. It consists of a surface float that houses the solar cells and mission electronic and communications equipment. Tethered below the float is a sub that propels the vehicle using wave energy.
Boeing to Acquire Ocean Drone Maker Liquid Robotics
Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2016
Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for up to a year using wave and solar power.
Boeing Buys Liquid Robotics to Boost Autonomous Surveillance at Sea
GeekWire, December 6, 2016
The Boeing Co. says it has agreed to acquire Liquid Robotics, its teammate in a years-long effort to create surfboard-sized robots that can use wave power to roam the seas. The acquisition is expected to help Boeing create military communication networks that can transmit information autonomously from the sea to satellites via Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft, or SHARCs.
Congress Must Champion New Ocean Technologies
The Hill - Congress Blog, November 9, 2016
As much of our country finds itself captivated by the prospects of manned missions to Mars, our inner-space – the oceans – have been sadly given ‘second fiddle’ status.
The new 115th Congress in January should begin to put these two parts of our future in a more common sense sequence; our oceans first!
A Game for Drones – Lessons from Unmanned Warrior
Royal Aeronautical Society, October 25, 2016
As the Royal Navy’s big exercise for unmanned systems Unmanned Warrior closes, TIM ROBINSON reviews what might be the lessons for future autonomous operations from this technology demonstration. Billed as the biggest ever military exercise involving unmanned systems, the UK’s Unmanned Warrior 16 took place in two weeks in October off the West Coast of Scotland.
Boeing to Test High Levels of Unmanned Autonomy
FlightGlobal, October 24, 2016
Boeing is planning to demonstrate the autonomous capabilities of a number of its unmanned systems during maritime surveillance operations. Systems under consideration may include the RQ-21A Blackjack or ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles made by its Insitu subsidiary, the Camcopter rotary UAV that it markets in the UK and USA on behalf of manufacturer Schiebel, plus the Liquid Robotics SHARC unmanned surface vehicle.
SHARC Encounter at Unmanned Warrior
Defence Online, October 16, 2016
Boeing Liquid Robotics SHARC or Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft is a solar and ocean powered wave glider, it is being demonstrated with over 50 other robotic craft off the Scottish coast in Unmanned Warrior 2016, the world’s first large-scale maritime exercise of its kind.
“Father of Java” James Gosling Explains Why He’s Putting the IoT Into the World’s Oceans
The Inquirer, October 14, 2016
Gosling explained why his latest project is getting a data centre rack to function in the middle of the ocean during a hurricane. “My current gig is about building systems and solving problems in an extreme fashion,” said Gosling at the IPExpo conference in London recently. Earlier in his talk he criticised cloud vendors for attempting to lock in customers.
Boeing has Eyes in the Sky and SHARCs in the Water at Unmanned Warrior
Global Military Communications, October 12, 2016
Boeing is participating in the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior event – the largest demonstration of its kind – with the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) with subsidiary Insitu; the CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS with partner Schiebel; and the Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) with partner Liquid Robotics.
UV Provides On-Demand Marine Water Sampling
Engineering 360, October 6, 2016
California-based Liquid Robotics has partnered with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), UK, to deploy, test and recover a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which allows scientists to measure water characteristics and selectively collect samples in near real time.