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AUV NEWS: Woods Hole taps Bluefin for Gliders

Posted on 19.02.2007 - 13:00 EST in AUV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Woods Hole taps Bluefin for GlidersThe Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Massachusetts has ordered four Spray Glider vehicles from Bluefin Robotics of Cambridge, Mass.

Bluefin licensed the glider technology from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2003 and brought the Spray to the commercial market. The Woods Hole contract will be a good chance to complete the technology transfer from Scripps to in-house manufacturing, the company said.

The Spray uses a battery-powered hydraulic pump to vary its buoyancy, and can glide through the water in a saw-tooth pattern for up to six months. It carries a variety of sensors to study the water, including collecting data on temperature, fluorescence, dissolved oxygen and altitude.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to support the world-class research programs at Woods Hole," Bluefin CEO Dr. Brian Abraham said. "It is exciting to have a hands-on role in the evolution of the Spray."

The vehicle is 200 centimeters (6.6 feet) long, 20 centimeters (eight inches) in diameter and weighs 51.8 kilograms (114 pounds).

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