Academic Oceanographic facilities including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) all operate deep offshore Research Vessels (R/V’s) gathering geophysical and oceanographic data worldwide for the augmentation of science in the gathering of ocean knowledge.
Digital Ocean Exploration is developing new technologies to digitally link science vessels & ocean machines to the Internet, Internet2 or commercial terrestrial networks for real time digital exploration of oceans throughout the planet.
This new technology is designed to link any ocean site in the world with high-speed broadband oceanographic data transfer at speeds >4 GB (gigabytes) per minute from a small Digital-Ocean Sea-Node.
With ultra-wideband satellite coverage of all the world’s oceans – including the melting Arctic – Digital-Ocean technology is focused on scheduled high-speed digital broadband scheduled satellite transfer applications in real-time offering dramatically more detailed High-Definition (HD) subsea digital imaging capability and oceanographic data transfer for quicker exploration and evaluation of the ocean environment. This new technology may offer highly improved academic and scientific utilization of more and better information in decision making.
Effectively utilizing new high speed satellite modems integrated with a unique series of small highly ruggedized – MIL-STD baseline – maritime tracking terminals – Digital-Ocean Sea-Node – a new era of offshore exploration is underway. These small, smart terminals and highly unique satellite technology open a new approach in offshore scientific exploration.
By efficient utilization of extreme bandwidth and Digital- Ocean developed technologies large ocean datasets and/or multiple parallel HD digital video streams may be transferred directly from an operational vessel or platform cumulatively at 600 Mbps (megabits per second) or about 270 GB (gigabytes) per hour. Designed to be delivered by helicopter to scientific vessels operational at sea Digital-Ocean’s small, smart Sea-Node defines a new approach to ocean exploration.
Digital-Ocean’s sub meter Sea-Node development offers even smaller deck footprint and less weight designed to enable high-speed fiber tethered Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle’s (ROV’s) to not only transfer oceanographic data not only to the surface R/V deck uplink uplink directly from this vessel to terrestrial, labs, research and academic facilities in the ocean community worldwide. R/V’s equipped with a new generations of multiple subsea High Definition digital video cameras for academic imaging would benefit by solutions available with Digital Ocean Exploration technology.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has designed and developed some of the most technologically significant solutions for ocean exploration as Graphic 13 in the research vessel (RV) Atlantis. This 274 foot vessel is equipped with six (6) research labs, seafloor mapping sonar and serves as an platform for the deep ocean submersible Alvin. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution notes this sub is equipped with HD video/still cameras and high-intensity LED lighting – illuminating the ocean floor and water column – the ever improving Alvin is equipped with two robotic arms and if equipped with high speed HD fiber tether to a surface vessel big data could be delivered to terrestrial sites in real time.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography operates, among its vessel fleet, the R/V Roger Revelle as a Global Class research vessel jointly with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). This 273 foot vessel communicates through HiSeasNet at data transfer ranger from 256 Kbps to 2 Mbps.
The “Schmidt Ocean Institute works to advance the frontiers of global marine research by providing state of the art operational, technological, and informational support to the pioneering ocean science and technology development projects at sea.”
Operating the incredible 269 foot R/V Falkor equipped with multiple onboard laboratories and significant technological resources including robotic platforms with ROV capabilities and seafloor mapping technology generating large data files. The R/F Falkor is equipped for onboard High Performance Computing (HPC) with 1.8 TB (terabytes) of Total RAM.
Today the R/V Falkor is equipped with two C-band VSAT antenna each in 3.65 m or 11.9 foot Radom mounted on deck. If transmitting data to shore in C-band even at 8 mbps the R/V Falkor would transmit 3.6 GB/hour or 86.4 GB/day. Certainly this assumes C-band coverage on the open oceans.
A revolution is underway in ocean exploration and Digital Ocean Exploration works to support better ocean knowledge gathering, transfer and utilization. Each of these pioneering Research Vessels may benefit from new high-speed oceanographic data transfer solutions.
Woods Hole Ocean graphic’s overhaul of Alvin:
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