Behind the scenes

Launching an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in the surf

beach-auv-190February 26, 2013

Ryan Smith, a researcher visiting MBARI from the Queensland University of Technology, launches his “Ecomapper” AUV from the beach in front of MBARI. The AUV carried instruments to measure water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and algae. Smith spent four months at MBARI working with Kanna Rajan’s Autonomous Systems Group to add intelligent scheduling and decision-making software to this commercial AUV.