gliders

  • More robot ocean-gliders taking to the seas

    More robot ocean-gliders taking to the seas

    We mentioned these ocean-heat-powered water gliders quite some time ago, and it seems they’ve become more popular in the mean time. These unmanned aquatic vehicles have proven to be a very efficient way of mapping and monitoring the oceans, and new types are being created by oceanographers to investigate this or that quantity or location. I saw one in motion on the BBC series Oceans, and it… Read More

  • Ocean glider powers itself with water's heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean

    Ocean glider powers itself with water's heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean

    This little robot has been cruising the Caribbean for two months now, mapping out currents, temperatures, and other subaquatic trivia. It’s at least partially powered by ocean temperature gradients — the details are at the bottom of the article, I don’t entirely understand it but it sounds cool. It’s doing a boring but essential job and I think they should put a bunch more… Read More