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  1. The Historic Flight of RU27: The Scarlet Knight The First Underwater Robot to Cross the Atlantic Scott Glenn Coastal Ocean Observation Lab Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/

  2. What is a Robotic Underwater Glider? Antenna (Iridium, Freewave, GPS & Argos) Control Board Science Payload Bay Buoyancy Pump Air Bladder Tailfin & Rudder CHIP Altimeter CTD Fore Hull Aft Hull Cowling

  3. Glider Diving Behavior Buoyancy Pump pulls water in, Batteries are pushed forward

  4. Glider Underwater Navigation Rudder used to steer a compass heading

  5. Glider Climbing Behavior Buoyancy Pump pushes water out, Batteries are pulled back

  6. Glider Flight Path & Communications Alternating Dives & Climbs, Surfacing to Phone Home

  7. Rutgers University - Coastal Ocean Observation Lab On-Campus Observatory Research & Education Center CODAR Network L-Band & X-Band Satellite Receivers 3-D Nowcasts & Forecasts Glider Fleet

  8. Trans-Atlantic Glider Challenge – May 24, 2006 – UNESCO E.U./U.S. Baltic Sea Conference in Lithuania Dr. Rick Spinrad Assistant Administrator NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research “I have something you need to do for the good of your country.” “Take one of your gliders, modify it, and fly it across the Atlantic, inspiring students along the way.”

  9. Technology Challenges for a Trans-Atlantic Glider Mission East-West Distance Across: 5,500 km Longest Mission in 2006: 500 km • Increase Duration • Ruggedize for Storms • Corrosion & Biofouling • Global Roadmap

  10. Technology Challenges for a Trans-Atlantic Glider Mission East-West Distance Across: 5,500 km Longest Mission in 2006: 500 km • Increase Duration • Ruggedize for Storms • Corrosion & Biofouling • Global Roadmap Federal Research Agency Response: Too Risky for Research

  11. Technology Challenges for a Trans-Atlantic Glider Mission East-West Distance Across: 5,500 km Longest Mission in 2006: 500 km • Increase Duration • Ruggedize for Storms • Corrosion & Biofouling • Global Roadmap Federal Research Agency Response: Too Risky for Research Rutgers Alumni Support

  12. Technology Challenges for a Trans-Atlantic Glider Mission East-West Distance Across: 5,500 km Longest Mission in 2006: 500 km • Increase Duration • Ruggedize for Storms • Corrosion & Biofouling • Global Roadmap Federal Research Agency Response: Too Risky for Research Rutgers Alumni Support • RU15 – NJ to Halifax - 2008 • RU17 – NJ to Azores - 2008 • RU27 – NJ to Spain - 2009 RU15 RU17 RU27

  13. Scarlet Knight’s Trans-Atlantic Mission Summary Time at Sea: 221 days Track Length: 7,400 kilometers Undulations: >11,000 Students Directly Involved: >40

  14. Scarlet Knight’srecovery by the Spanish Vessel Investigador Investigadorapproaches Scarlet Knight at dawn International Team returns from First Contact Scarlet Knight pulled aboard Investigador’sZodiac Science & Ship’s Crew poses for Recovery Photo

  15. Scarlet Knight’s Landfall in Baiona, Spain SamePort whereColumbus’ Pinta made landfall in 1493 Baiona’s Mayor unveils Scarlet Knight’s Plaque Scarlet Knight’s victory lap around the Pinta U.S. & Spanish Secretaries of Commerce Scarlet Knightswarmed by Baiona’s school children

  16. Scarlet Knight - The first underwater robot to cross an ocean: A Hero’s Welcome in Baiona, Spain - December 9, 2009

  17. Atlantic Crossing: A Robot’s Daring Mission An Award-Winning Feature-Length Documentary by Rutgers Filmmaker Dena Seidel Dena filming the recovery of RU27 offshore Baiona, Spain 57 minute TV version distributedNationwide to all 350 PBS Stations on April 29, 2011 Rutgers Students, Fabien Cousteau &Dena at the Blue Ocean Film Festival

  18. The Scarlet Knight’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony atthe Smithsonian: Dec. 9th, 2010 Rutgers Students are welcomed by White House Science & Technology Advisor Shere Abbott Rutgers Students share Ocean Exploration stories with Fabien Cousteau The Scarlet Knight in her display case at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Ocean Hall, Washington, DC

  19. Global Glider Challenge – The Challenger Mission December 9, 2009 –Baiona, Spain NOAA’s Rick Spinrad to Rutgers Dean Bob Goodman: Build and Coordinate a Global Glider Fleetonthe first robotic retracing of the HMS Challenger’s Circumnavigation - and inspirea global network of students along the way. HMS Challenger Voyage First Scientific Circumnavigation 1872-1876 111,000 km = (15 gliders x 7,400 km/glider) Rutgers Dean Bob Goodman to NOAA’s Rick Spinrad: Rutgers accepts your challenge.

  20. The Challenger Mission – Next Steps – Test Flights • Iceland to Canaries • 2011 • From Polar Seas to • Tropical Seas • Rutgers, PLOCAN, Teledyne Webb • Bahamas to Canaries • 20?? • Across the center of the North Atlantic Gyre • Climate Change • Canaries to • Puerto Rico • 20?? +1 • Tropical side of the Gyre 2011 2009 20?? 20?? +1