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bulletOcean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
bulletNSF funded
bullet$331M network
bulletOperated by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) (partnership led by the WHOI, and includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences).
bulletRaytheon will provide project management and systems engineering support to WHOI.
bulletIndustry partners: Technip and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will be assisting in the design of a high-performance moored platform for the OOI Network.
bulletNEPTUNE - An ambitious project to establish a network of underwater observatories within the depths of the northeastern Pacific Ocean.
bulletCable and sensors to ring the Juan de Fuca Plate
bullet3000 km long
bulletExpected to be operational by 2007
bulletExpected to cost $250M
bulletExpected to consume 200 kW
bulletMARS (Monterey Accelerated Research System) - Testbed for NEPTUNE technology
bulletIn association with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
bulletMBARI was founded in 1987 by David Packard
bulletSystem to demonstrate communications and powering
bulletThree small systems around Victoria and Vancouver
bulletVENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea)
bulletFocus on development of seafloor junction boxes
bulletTo deploy a water column profiler designed to travel, on command, up through the water from a bottom station.
bulletHawaii-2 Observatory - a permanent deep ocean scientific research facility
bulletJunction box and scientific sensors located in 5000m of water near about halfway between Hawaii and California
bulletUses old AT&T HAW-2 telecommunications cable
bulletDerives 400 watts of power from the cable for scientific instruments
bulletInstruments connected to the junction box using a remotely-operated vehicle wet-mateable connectors.


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