McLean, Virginia, Digital Ocean Exploration – “Digital-Ocean” – (www.digitaloceanexploration.com) – is a satellite tech biz engaged in the development and advancement of the high-speed ultra-wideband digital satellite transfer of large surface, subsea or subocean datasets directly from offshore data gathering science research vessels (“RV”) to scalable Cloud Platform High Performance Computers – “HPC” – or HPC clusters.
Digital-Ocean is developing the extension of the scalable Cloud Platform HPC Enterprise infrastructure to the offshore. This is a revolution in ocean exploration technology in how ocean science data is gathered, transported, processed, and analyzed for utilization.
In ocean exploration, as in most sciences, more information faster is better. Digital-Ocean has designed & developed new and improved technologies to better support the advanced digital investigation of the world’s oceans.
Ocean exploration today may be significantly improved with the reduction in both exploration program turnaround time and overall program costs by the high-speed satellite transfer of large ocean datasets.
The ocean floor today remains one of the last great challenges in mapping the earth. Today “19% of the seafloor has been mapped…”
Digital-Ocean has designed and developed the fastest satellite data transfer service in the world for ocean exploration.
To quote NASA oceanographer Dr. Gene Feldman, “We have better maps of the surface of Mars and the moon than we do of the bottom of the ocean.”
In support of Dr. Feldman’s point – and the ‘Executive Action’ of at least the last four U.S. Administrations – Digital-Ocean is reaching out to the offshore community with the capabilities to enable the transfer of surface, subocean and subsea datasets from operational vessels or platforms to scalable Cloud HPC for Storage, Compute, AI, for example, at 600 Mbps – 270 GB per hour – on a planned-use and costed-use basis.
Uplinked directly from a 1-meter vessel-mounted terminal – Digital-Ocean Sea-Node – this ocean data transfer may be accomplished from virtually any ocean on the planet and suitable for consideration by the multiple ocean floor mapping programs underway in the world today that would benefit from advanced offshore networking.
Applications as ocean floor mapping – bathymetry – along with ROV & AUV data transfer, HD digital subsea inspection, UHD Video, manned & robotic surface vessel data and marine seismic data applications may benefit from these capabilities and technologies.
Work is underway to define and support digital ocean floor mapping applications whereby customers would benefit from more data and faster data while reducing offshore exploration program costs and cycle time for highly improved workflow, ultimately better ocean modeling and high-resolution digital imaging.
Digital-Ocean decreases the time a large amount of data may be applied to a subocean exploration problem with faster compute.
As offshore exploration geographically expands, subocean data files get exponentially larger and the need for new technologies to support more effective exploration solutions expands, Digital-Ocean is today working to reduce risks, lessen exploration costs, improve exploration success, and measurably increase efficiency and safety in an offshore program.
In 2017 only 6% of the world’s seafloor was mapped to “modern standards”. An insurgency is underway in seafloor mapping whereby worldwide teams of scientists, academics – and RV owners – are together defining a new approach with improved methods to understand the ocean floor having now – January 2021 Kongsberg – digitally mapped 19% – within 10-years the worlds seafloor will be completely digitally mapped.
“Today we stand at the 19% level. That means we’ve got another 81% of the oceans still to survey, still to map. That’s an area about twice the size of Mars that we have to capture in the next decade,” reports the BBC.
This highly focused business – Digital Ocean Exploration – strategy may be viewed as a geosynchronous on-orbit oceanography platform to reduce exploration time and increase scientific information in the offshore.
Digital-Ocean’s initial business focus is with U.S. Space Policy and Digital Communications Technology for highly improved ocean exploration.