MBARI ocean observing systems
Autonomous underwater vehicle program
Project Manager/Lead Engineer: Bill Kirkwood
Lead Scientist: Jim Bellingham
The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program is a continuation of a multi-year effort at MBARI and
includes collaborations with the external AUV community and industrial partners.
AUV efforts at MBARI include five main activities:
- Completing the design and build of the Dorado vehicles, one will be an
engineering test vehicle, the other will be for marine operations. These
vehicles should be completed by mid 2002.
- Engineering support to help identify and specify interface and other
design considerations associated with the mooring riser and AUV docking
- AUV docking
- The Atlantic Layer Tracking EXperiment (ALTEX), a National Science
Foundation program to trace the warm water
intrusion under the Arctic Ice cap and to map that body of water.
Most of the ALTEX work in 2002 will be associated with navigation system
- Provide assistance with integrating science instruments into the Dorado
vehicles and running science missions (this work will be done under other
proposals that are not under MBARI Ocean Observing Systems, but the expertise and involvement of the
Dorado/AUV team will be critical in the early stages to ensure a successful
transition to operations.