the RUCOOL autonomous
underwater gliding vehicle (AUGV) home page.
The Slocum Coastal Electric Glider (Webb
Research Company, Falmouth, MA, Figure 1) is
an autonomous underwater vehicle that converts changes in vehicle buoyancy
to vertical motion. A pair of
fixed wings provides forward momentum to move horizontally through the
ocean. While the majority of
the glider is reserved for glider mechanics, battery storage and
communication equipment, a section is devoted exclusively to scientific
payload. A suite of
miniaturized physical and bio-optical instruments, which measure in
situ water properties including temperature, salinity, and the
absorption and scattering of light in the water column, have been and are
currently under development for placement in the glider’s science
payload bay (Figure 2).
In addition to the Endurance Line Project, we’ve undertaken a number of other concurrent glider deployments in areas including Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Virginia Beach, VA, the West Florida Shelf and Sandy Hook National Recreation Area in New Jersey. All glider communication is accomplished via Iridium Satellite phone link, allowing us to deploy gliders in remote locations while handling all data transfer and re-tasking from IMCS in New Brunswick, NJ.
The aim of this page is to provide the user with information on the glider vehicle, mechanics and instrumentation in addition to a data archive, which will allow the user to easily access current and archived data products provided by the gliders.