South Atlantic Crossing
On May 18, 2014, scientists and engineers from the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL) recovered RU 29 off the coast of Ubatuba, Brazil. The Slocum Electric Glider, which is part of Rutgers’ fleet of oceanographic research instruments, spent 189 days at sea traveling from Ascension Island to Brazil. This recent leg of RU 29’s voyage began in November 2013. A previous leg lasted 290 days and took RU 29 on a journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Ascension Island throughout most of 2013. These two legs combined to help RU 29 complete the 10,387 km (6,454 mile) mission across the South Atlantic. Undergraduate students served as the main pilots of this mission, giving direction to RU 29 every few hours as its surfaces.
Building off of the success of RU 27’s crossing of the North Atlantic in 2009, members of COOL are now leading a global effort to complete the Challenger Glider Mission: an two-year initiative to simultaneously pilot 16 ocean-fairing robots around the world's ocean basins while spreading ocean literacy and educating the general population about our changing planet. COOL is still seeking donors to help purchase additional gliders for this mission.
To date, a mission from Iceland to Barbados by way of the Canary Islands was completed in the North Atlantic by the Slocum Glider "Silbo," while RU 29 completed its South Atlantic Crossing. Over the next month, RU 29 and "Silbo" will be deployed off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Santos, Brazil, to set forth on return journeys across the North and South Atlantic.
MTS Submission 2014
The paper "Ocean Predictive Skill Assessments in the South Atlantic: Crowd-Sourcing of Student-Based Discovery" has been submitted for publication to The Proceedings of the Marine Techinical Society/ IEEE Oceans '14 St. Johns
The findings outlined in this paper along with last years The Challenger Glider Mission: A Global Ocean Predictive Skill Experiment will be presented at both Oceans '14 MTS/IEEE St. John's and The Challenger Society for Marine Science Conference 2014 in September.
Fabien backs Challenger
Fabien Cousteau, famed oceanographer and explorer, lent a hand in spreading the news of the Challenger Glider Mission
Iridium Lends Comm Support
"Iridium Communications Inc. today (Mar 10, 2014) announced Iridium will be a key technology sponsor to the Challenger Glider Mission. The project, a symbolic re-creation of the first global scientific ocean survey conducted by the HMS Challenger in 1872, is led by Rutgers' students and faculty. The mission plans to "fly" 16 autonomous underwater gliders worldwide, covering all five ocean basins, collecting an unprecedented undersea dataset to better equip researchers with the tools to predict the ocean's future and its impact on global weather."
Iridium, through its global satellite circuit switched data service, will provide primary two-way communications to the fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles taking part in this mission.