Project Manager: Jim Bellingham
Lead Engineer: Bill Kirkwood
This project will build on prior work to create a docking system capable of supporting extended deployment of an AUV. Earlier work has demonstrated feasibility of key docking elements including homing, latching, power transfer, communications, and undocking. This project will develop a simplified version of MBARI's current CTD AUV as the docking platform.
To provide focus, an initial event-response science mission will be selected. A favored option is to detect and respond to tidally generated high-current events in the canyon. The system will be implemented incrementally, the intent being to provide a scientifically useful platform with a subset of the docking capabilities in order to demonstrate the importance and usefulness of docking.