Testing Underwater Robots at a Dilapidated Naval BaseJune 11 2015
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Well, we had quite a day yesterday! After packing our gear and heading north up the bay, it quickly became clear that deploying our ROVs was going to be a challenge. We were able to get fairly close to the wreck site, but the water was so choppy that we were forced to audible and find a calmer place to set up and fly our robots (Clipper Cove - to be exact).
Visibility and current in the bay can be tricky, but we think an early morning trip when the water is calmer might make it easier to investigate our initial target site. On the plus side, our ROVs worked really well in Clipper Cove!
1) Test Carey’s New OpenROV
2) Test vessel’s Humminbird system for navigation and target acquisition
3) Search for Shipwreck
21 Ft. Rigid Inflatable with twin 300 HP Outboards (may not be enough)
11:10 - Meet at Hollis HQ
11:15 - Set up Elise’s Laptop to run Shelly, Test other ROVs as needed
11:30 - Leave Hollis HQ for Oakland Boat Ramp
12:00 - On the Water, input GPS Coordinates of dive target
12:10 - Motor to target (at high speed)
12:45 - 13:30 Use Humminbird System to look for wreck
13:30 - 14:45 “Slop n’ Drop” dives in approximate wreck location
15:00 - Test Additional ROVs, Train Bob and Billy
15:30 - Pack Up
16:00 - Motor back to Oakland
16:30 - Haul out boat, drive back to HQ
17:00 - Depart HQ