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bullet Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
bullet NSF funded
bullet $331M network
bullet Operated 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).
bullet Raytheon will provide project management and systems engineering support to WHOI.
bullet Industry partners: Technip and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will be assisting in the design of a high-performance moored platform for the OOI Network.
bullet NEPTUNE - An ambitious project to establish a network of underwater observatories within the depths of the northeastern Pacific Ocean.
bullet Cable and sensors to ring the Juan de Fuca Plate
bullet 3000 km long
bullet Expected to be operational by 2007
bullet Expected to cost $250M
bullet Expected to consume 200 kW
bullet MARS (Monterey Accelerated Research System) - Testbed for NEPTUNE technology
bullet In association with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
bullet MBARI was founded in 1987 by David Packard
bullet System to demonstrate communications and powering
bullet Three small systems around Victoria and Vancouver
bullet VENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea)
bullet Focus on development of seafloor junction boxes
bullet To deploy a water column profiler designed to travel, on command, up through the water from a bottom station.
bullet Hawaii-2 Observatory - a permanent deep ocean scientific research facility
bullet Junction box and scientific sensors located in 5000m of water near about halfway between Hawaii and California
bullet Uses old AT&T HAW-2 telecommunications cable
bullet Derives 400 watts of power from the cable for scientific instruments
bullet Instruments connected to the junction box using a remotely-operated vehicle wet-mateable connectors.


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