Accidentally Discovered Shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico

In mid-May, researchers aboard the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer “accidentally” discovered a 19th century wooden shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico during a training and equipment test trip. Awesome accident!

Full article at: 29may19

Exploration At Its Finest: May 16, 2019

On May 12, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer set sail for a shakedown and sea-trial expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. On May 16, while conducting an "engineering dive" to test new remotely operated vehicle equipment, the team made an unexpected – and exciting – discovery: the wreck of what is likely a mid-19th century wooden sailing vessel. Thanks to telepresence technology, we were able to quickly assemble a team of archaeologists to virtually participate in the remainder of the dive and make some initial observations of the wreck: exciting find, and the fact that we basically randomly "stumbled" upon a wreck, further illustrates just how little we know about what lies on the seafloor.

Posted by NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Aerial Drone Delivery Service in Canberra

Dominos Pizza announced this delivery service concept back in 2016 and it is very interesting to see how it has progressed. Trials have been conducted in northern Canberra for over a year now and final approval was recently issued for this world-first drone delivery service. Cool robotics!

Full article at: ABC News 09apr19

Subsea Wireless Camera

Based on technology developed in 2014 and used by Australian oil company Woodside, WFS Technologies has developed and tested the Seatooth Video Mark II in the North Sea. The technology was designed to be deployed by a ROV but a diver-operated tablet computer was instead used on the North Sea project to set up and control the video cameras. The WFS system wirelessly live-streamed images to the diver, and locally stored raw footage for recovery at the surface.

Full article at: Offshore Engineer 15apr19
WFS Technologies Seatooth Video Mark II