The little ocean floor glider that could

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Molly Meserve

On December 5, 2013 the ACSA SeaExplorer glider completed a two-month record-breaking mission in collaboration with the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) of National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC). This little ocean floor glider beat a double world record (for distance and duration)!

 

During the SeaExplorer glider’s 60-day journey, it traveled a total of 1,183 kilometers about 735 miles or the distance from Portland Maine to New York City and back on a single battery charge.  It was able to gather over 1,168 profiles of the water column from the surface to a depth of 500 meters.

The SeaExplorer glider is an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and runs on rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. Not only is it cost-effective and environmentally friendly but it also is scientifically reliable!

 

The beauty of this UUV is that you only need to replace batteries every 10 years. There’s no telling what this could mean for the future of underwater exploration and ocean sciences. To read more visit either one of these links: http://marinesciencetoday.com/2013/12/06/glider-sets-record-with-rechargeable-batteries/ - ixzz2nqsH361m OR http://marinesciencetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Press-Release-05122013-SeaExplorer-World-Record.pdf



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