NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations has placed an order for two ODIM MVP200 moving vessel profiling systems. OMAO operates a wide variety of specialized aircraft and ships to complete NOAA's environmental and scientific missions.
OMAO is also responsible for the administration and implementation of the NOAA Diving Program, Small Boat Program and Aviation Safety Program, to ensure safe and efficient operations in NOAA-sponsored underwater activities and aviation and small boat operations.
The two MVPs are scheduled to be installed on the NOAA Ship's Rainier and Ferdinand R Hassler, NOAA's newest ocean and coastal mapping vessel.
The ODIM MVP200s have been acquired for the collection of real-time and continuous sound speed profile information for ocean mapping purposes. The ODIM MVP is a self-contained, semi-autonomous device, which collects oceanographic data while the vessel is underway. The sound velocity profiler system includes a computer controlled winch and deployment system for a variety of the free-fall sensor systems.