27 Jun Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders Tested In Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium
Sea testing and calibration of two of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s), Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders , has started in Cape Town, in the main display tank of the Two Oceans Aquarium.
These gliders will be deployed later this year and will head south into the Southern Ocean as part of the SOCCO program. The gliders are self-powered, converting wave energy into forward propulsion and using solar energy for powering the electronics, satellite communications and science instrumentation aboard. The glider will be piloted from the new Southern Ocean Engineering R&D Centre (SOERDC) in Cape Town, during their 6 month long journey to the Southern Ocean.
“This is the first time measurements of the Southern Ocean are being made on this scale” says Pedro Monteiro, head of the Southern Ocean Carbon-Climate Observatory (Socco) in a recent article in Business Day.
Sea Technology Services will provide the operational and engineering support for these Wave Gliders (logistics, sea testing, operating, piloting and maintenance).
Read more about the trial on the Two Oceans Aquarium blog.