This post is a rework of a poster I worked on for the 2012 UNOLS RVTEC meeting. It’s about the development of a fly-away system that allows video from remote underwater vehicles combined with audio from onboard scientists to be streamed live over the internet. It is a very exciting technology that is changing the way ocean science is conducted and empowering public audiences to witness discoveries as they unfold. A few years back I was the project lead for the development of the telepresence system installed aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. While that system was very expensive, very large and coupled to the one ship, technology has brought the size and expense of such systems that minimal version can be installed on almost any oceanographic research vessel with a satellite antenna. Continue reading
Success is a great thing… just not for your sleep schedule. About 3 months ago I was contacted by someone at the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) about what it would take to get a live stream from a ship working on active underwater volcanos in the Lau Basin. Thanks to a heroic effort by individuals from Sarasota, FL, San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA and Rhode Island it looks like this going to happen… starting this week!
UPDATE 2012/09/10: It’s LIVE!!!!