Mobilizing Experimental Multi-Vehicle Operations on E/V Nautilus

We've mobilized four underwater vehicles in five days and are ready to head offshore!

As we advance our capabilities to explore and understand the ocean through the development of cutting-edge tools, technical testing is a key part of the process. This expedition aboard E/V Nautilus will support the testing of novel or emerging capabilities with two different autonomous underwater vehicles from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Funded by NOAA Ocean Exploration through the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), these technology demonstrations support the OECI’s objective to increase the use and effectiveness of autonomous vehicles in ocean exploration, particularly in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Beyond having numerous autonomous vehicles in the water at the same time, one of the OECI’s goals is to build towards autonomous vehicles sharing information, allowing each vehicle to be more effective and to provide increased situational awareness to the vehicle operators aboard or ashore.