Thought I ought to get round to a post about the work here. There are two strands, firstly we brought two ocean gliders down with us on the ship. In a break with tradition, we will take them both home again! The gliders are autonomous underwater vehicles, capable of staying out for up to three months. They communicate via iridium satellite so we can check on the data and update waypoints and flying parameters.
An ocean glider not in the ocean. Outside the Bonner lab to test satellite communications
Glider in the water. We have deployed them on short missions close to base and also on longer trips away from the base.